Siwon [see-one] Kim, a native of Seoul, South Korea, is “an exceptional pianist with artistic charisma who presents deep understanding and dedication to every moment of her performance” (Alexander Toradze, World-Renowned Concert Pianist). She has been actively performing in concert venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including Mariinsky II (Russia), Toppan Hall (Japan), Harbin Concert Hall (China), Hill Auditorium (USA), and Universal Arts Center (South Korea). Praised in The Segye Times, Siwon’s playing demonstrates “masterful musicality with the distinct, unrestrained sound.” On the stage, she is “commanding and decisive” (South Bend Tribune).
Siwon appears as a guest artist at the invitation of such festivals and concert series as the Harbin International Piano Music Festival (China), SNU Chopin Concert Series, SNU Piano Duo Ensemble Series (South Korea), and Ultreia Stage Concert Series (USA). Siwon has appeared as a soloist with orchestras worldwide, including the Gunpo Prime Philharmonic orchestra, South Bend Symphony, and The Mariinsky Orchestra. She has performed under the batons of maestros, including Jakyung Year, Tsung Yeh, Dean Whiteside, and Valery Gergiev. Besides giving performances as a solo musician, Siwon is also a versatile pianist in demand in chamber music. Siwon has performed and worked internationally with Maestro Alexander Toradze as his designated Piano Duo Partner since 2017. Most recently, she was invited to perform with the Contemporary Directions Ensembles of the University of Michigan for the “The Legacy of George Crumb: Angels and Stars” tribute series. Siwon performs for the Eisendrath Series of Ann Arbor, MI, and is a soloist with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (2023).
Siwon won prizes at numerous competitions, including The Korean National Students Competition, The Segye Times Competition, The Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition, and W. Byrd International Piano Competition. Siwon began studying piano at three in Seoul under Young-Ja Lee. She continued her musical studies at the country’s most prestigious music schools, such as Sunhwa Arts School, Seoul Arts High School, and Seoul National University. She received multiple merit-based scholarships for most of her studies, as she ranked first in her class. Her teacher during this time includes Youngsil Kim, Sekyoung Park, and Hyoung-Joon Chang.
After graduating from Seoul National University with a Bachelor of Music degree, Siwon moved to the States, joined the Alexander Toradze Piano Studio at Indiana University South Bend, and received an Artist Diploma and Master of Music degree. Siwon is a Rackham doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, studying with Arthur Greene (2023).