Connie Kim-Sheng, United States

Born in La Crescenta, California, to musical parents, Connie Kim-Sheng began her piano studies with her mother at three years old. 

She then studied with John Perry, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Meng-Chieh Liu at the Glenn Gould School and New England Conservatory, respectively. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music under the guidance of Jeffrey Kahane. 

Her awards include top prizes in the Los Angeles Liszt International Competition, the Bronslaw Kaper Awards held by the LA Philharmonic, the Virginia Waring International Competition, the Knigge Music Competition, and the New Orleans International Piano Competition, as well as a finalist and special prizewinner at the Eastman Young
Artists International Competition.

As a winner of the annual concerto competition at the Glenn Gould School, she performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra. Kim-Sheng has also performed with the Rio Hondo Symphony as a part of her First Prize in the Rio Hondo Concerto Competition, and with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra. She has also joined the Verde Valley Sinfonietta, the Cal State Northridge Orchestra, and the American Youth Symphony as a soloist.

Kim-Sheng was awarded the prestigious Davidson Fellows Scholarship, which was established to support graduating high school students in music or the sciences, and she also received generous scholarships from the Young Musicians Foundation. When she was 13, she was featured on NPR’s From the Top.

Kim-Sheng has had the opportunity to work with many preeminent musicians such as Gary Graffman, Anton Kuerti, Menahem Pressler, Leon Fleisher, Robert McDonald, Seymour Lipkin, Stephen Hough, Arie Vardi, Julian Martin, Pavel Nersessian, and Robert Levin. 

Competitor, Semifinalist: Second Triennial Olga Kern International Piano Competition. October 27–November 3, 2019. Albuquerque, New Mexico.