Su Yeon Kim

Pianist - PPDA 2021 academician

South Korean pianist Su Yeon Kim has earned worldwide acclamation by winning the first prize of the Concours musical international de Montreal in 2021.

She has been described by the press as “having a remarkably sophisticated technique with incredibly detailed articulation and miniature values, she deserves words of admiration” (Opera Slovakia), “not just as a skilled technician but a refined, probing artist” (Bachtrack Magazine).

Her achievement includes also the second prize at the Mozart International Competition Salzburg 2020 and many more: the first prize at the J. N. Hummel International Piano Competition and at the Compositores de Espana Piano Competition, 2nd prize at the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition and 3rd prize at the Alaska International e-Piano Competition. She gained special recognition internationally when she was a semi-finalist of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels 2021 as the only woman pianist.

As a soloist, Su Yeon has appeared with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Salzburg Solist Orchestra, Mozarteum Sinfonieorchester, Poland Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Gellert Academy Orchestra, Fairbanks Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra.

She was invited a number of times to music festivals to perform such as Allegretto Zilina Festival, St. Gellert Festival Szeged, Allegro Vivo Festival, and apart from them, she has performed in important venues including Munich Herkullessaal, Budapest Grand Hall of Liszt Music Academy, Milan Auditorium Gaber, Slovak Philharmony, Salzburg Grosser Saal, Roma Parco della Musica and in Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

In the 2021-2022 season, Su Yeon makes her debut to perform with Montreal Symphony. She will have a North-American concert tour, and her first album will be released with Steinway & Sons Label.

Born in 1994, she started playing piano at age 5 and studied at The Korean Institute for the Gifted in Arts and at the Korea National University of Arts with Choong-Mo Kang, Chongpil Lim, Eunok Kim and Eunju Heo. She also has been guidanced by Austrian pianist Paul Gulda. Since 2013, she has continued her studies with Pavel Gililov at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg, received both Bachelor’s degree and Master of Music degree with distinction.