A Winston Churchill Fellow, concert pianist, artistic director and music educator Grace Kim believes that quality live music should be accessible to everyone with a desire to hear it.
Her Sensory Concerts and Mountain Concerts series ensure that it does. As a concerto soloist, Grace has performed with major symphony orchestras of Australasia, Belgium, Turkey, Russia and the Ukraine. She remains one of the most respected musicians in Australia, able to attract internationally-recognised peers to perform at her Mountain Concerts and Sensory Concerts series.
Among her numerous international and national prizes, the former child prodigy was the National Keyboard Winner of the 2000 Symphony Australia Young Performers Award, also receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust. After graduating from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, she gained her Master of Music at Melbourne University and Rotterdam Conservatorium (Cum Laude) and was the 2002 Inaugural Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music.
Grace has performed to numerous international dignitaries in some of the most illustrious concert venues in the world such as Het Concertgebouw, De Doelen, La Salle Philharmonique de Liège, as well as the Sydney Opera House. Many of her performances have been broadcast on radio and television. In 2006 she performed before Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands and Australian Governor General Major General Michael Jeffery at 400th anniversary celebrations of Dutch-Australian contact. In 2012, Grace performed before 200 international diplomats and ambassadors in Canberra hosted by the Korean Embassy, as well as in Parliament House for University of Melbourne 150-year celebration. She has also performed several times at the NSW Government House including at the Winston Churchill Fellowship’s 50th Anniversary National Convention before dignitaries.
Passionate about chamber music, Grace regularly works with distinguished artists from around the world and, during 2007-08, was artistic director of the Summer Concert Series in the celebrated Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
Returning after living and working in the Netherlands for eight years, she is now based in Sydney, and the Blue Mountains, Australia. Since returning, her engagements include performing as a concerto soloist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (New Zealand), recitals on ABC Classics Sunday Live (Sydney), ScotchArts series (Melbourne), as well as adjudicating in national eisteddfods.
In 2013-14, Grace was artistic director of the Rivendell Recital Series and Opera Night at Rivendell.
A mother of two young children, she is an advocate for music education. She founded Sensory Concerts to provide quality classical music concerts for families with sensory/special needs. Grace was recently selected as a national finalist in 2018 AusMumpreneur Award in 2 categories: Making a Difference, and Big Idea Award.
This year Grace also made her debut as an author, with "Noah's Story" written together with her son, about life with Asperger's Syndrome. The book is available on Australian and international online bookstores such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Wordery, Book Depository.