Cleveland Competition bronze medal, Astral Artist, Luminarts Fellow
Astral Pianist Byeol Kim has earned a reputation for her “ingeniously colorful imagination with stage charisma,” remarking “hushed performances as an operatic singer on the piano” (Agata Nowakowska, Cleveland Classical).
Ms. Kim is a top prizewinner of Cleveland International, Paderewski International, and Washington International competitions. Her recent appearances with the orchestra include the Cleveland Orchestra, Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic in Poland, Pohang Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and others. She has performed worldwide, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Teatro Civico in Italy, Flagey in Belgium, Petit Palau Hall in Spain, and Koerner Hall in Toronto. A sought-after chamber musician, Ms. Kim has collaborated with Cho–Liang Lin, Jian Wang, Yura Lee, Escher String Quartet, and the Rolston String quartet.
Ms. Kim is passionate about including lesser-known composers in her programming, seeking to broaden the spectrum that music embodies in society. In her US debut, she performed the Piano Concerto by female American composer Amy Beach with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and was acclaimed to “impress with energy and freshness” (The Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy). Ms. Kim performs as a guest artist with Fifth House Ensemble in Chicago, where she is keen to adapt to new formats of chamber music with the goal to communicate with a larger audience.
Ms. Kim received her Artist Diploma as the first candidate ever to be accepted by Jon Kimura Parker at Rice University and holds graduate degrees at Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University. Her creative artistry not only shines through her performances but is also reflected in her projects: recording her insightful repertoire “The mid-length fantasies and literature,” conducting Mozart Piano Concertos from the piano, and visual arts projects. Through her exquisite artistic vision, she is recognized as a leader of a new generation.