Minji Kim, native of South Korea, is an active soloist and chamber musician who performs across the United States, South Korea, Czech Republic, and Russia. Since she moved to the United States, she has performed in Michigan at venues such as The Alger House at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial and the Downriver Council of the Arts. She won the first prizes in prestigious competitions such as the Chung-Ang University Competition, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Competition, and was a finalist in the 2019 Beardsley Piano Prize Competition in Elkhart, Indiana. She recently joined the Fiorire Soloists in September 2019, which was created with the idea of offering more performance opportunities for young professional musicians.
As a passionate chamber musician, she is one of the founding members of CASM (Chamber Artists of Southeast Michigan) which has been actively performing since 2018. She was featured in the Bloomfield Township Public Library Chamber Music Concert Series and in many duo/chamber recitals at the University of Michigan, including two of her Chamber Music Performance master’s recitals. She has also worked with the Residential College Singers of the University of Michigan, the Ann Arbor Grail Singers, and choirs of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor.
Minji Kim has also attended multiple music festivals, including the Seoul National University International Piano Academy, CCM Prague International Piano Institute, and the White Nights International Piano Festival in St. Petersburg. She was awarded a fellowship in Sewanee Music festival and will be attending it in summer of 2021. In 2018, she was invited to the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, where she had the opportunity to perform a piece by Pavel Haas in a masterclass for Katherine Chi. She has also performed in masterclasses for Asaf Zohar, Mikhail Petukhov, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Dae-jin Kim, Ian Yungwook Yoo, Jong Hwa Park, and many others.
An enthusiastic educator, Minji Kim currently teaches group piano and private lessons at the University of Michigan as a Graduate Student Instructor. She also works as a Teaching Artist of Michigan Artist Citizens; Out Own Thing Piano Program, teaching different levels of students living in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She was a pianist for the String Preparatory Academy at the University of Michigan. She was a mentor for the “Sarang-Nanum Wecan” foundation, where she taught a student who has an intellectual and developmental disability. She also obtained Secondary School 2nd Grade Teacher Qualification in General Music, issued by the Ministry of Education in South Korea which shows her ardor of teaching. Since 2010, she has had a private studio comprised of students of various ages and skill levels.
Minji Kim graduated from Seoul National University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, ranking first in her Department. She then moved to the United States to attend the University of Michigan, where she received Master of Music degrees in both Piano Performance and Chamber Music Performance. She was awarded numerous scholarships including the Graduate Merit Scholarship, Karen. A. Mayer Scholarship, and a scholarship from Tuesday Musicale of Detroit. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Christopher Harding, as a full-ride scholarship recipient. Her other teachers include Hie-Yon Choi and Hyungmin Lee.
Outside of music, Minji enjoys all kinds of cultural activities, especially watching movies, traveling to new places, and going to museums.