A native of Seoul, Korea, Yesse Kim, began the piano at the age of six. By the age of nine, she made her professional debut in a solo recital for at Kumho Prodigy Series as the youngest performer in the history of the series. That same year, she made her orchestral debut with the Daejeon Sangrok Orchestra. At the age of twelve she was again invited to perform for the Kumho Prodigy Series in Korea as well as the Korea-China Exchange Concert of Piano Prodigies in Shenzhen, China. Ms. Kim moved to the United State in 2006 and continued her studies with Arthur Greene at the University of Michigan.
Since moving to the United States at the age of thirteen, she has been a top prize winner in numerous competitions including the Asia Chopin Piano Competition, Kingsville International Piano Competition, and Lennox Young Artist International Competition. She also has been a featured young artist with Seoul Philharmonic, Birmingham-Bloomfield, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Kankakee Valley Symphony. In 2011, she became a Yamaha Young Performing Artists of the Year.
Ms. Kim received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University under the guidance of Yong Hi Moon, as a recipient of the Ruth J. Brouse Bauer Endowed Full Scholarship in Piano.
As an active chamber musician and a music teacher of her community, she has been a part of numerous music programs in Baltimore/ Washington D. C. area, such as Peabody Institute Preparatory Program, Sitar Music Center, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, and Liberty Elementary School. Along with her colleagues, she was recently featured as a part of In the Stacks series which strives to create an interactive performance experience with the audience.
In 2017, Ms. Kim was invited to perform for the Kumho Young Artist Series in Korea. She is currently pursuing Konzertexamen with Arnulf von Arnim at Musikhochschule Münster as a recipient of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship.