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“A scintillating performance... Pianist Grace Kim was brilliant.” The Press (NZ)

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 symphony orchestras of Australasia, Belgium, Russia, and Ukraine in some of the most prestigious venues. Respected by her peers, Grace is able to attract internationally-recognised colleagues to perform at her Mountain Concerts and Sensory Concerts series.

Among her numerous international and national prizes, the former child prodigy was a prizewinner of Bellini International Piano Competition (Italy), Citta di Marsala International Piano Competition, and 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 two Master of Music degrees at Melbourne University and Rotterdam Conservatorium (Cum Laude) and was the 2002 Inaugural Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music.

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, 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.

Grace’s passion for chamber music has seen her regularly work with eminent artists, and in 2007/08 she was the Artistic Director of the Summer Concert Series in the celebrated Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. 

Returning after living and working in the Netherlands for eight years, Grace is now based in Sydney.

A mother of two children, Grace is an advocate for quality music education. She founded Sensory Concerts® to provide quality classical music concerts for neurodivergent individuals and families. In 2018, Grace also made her debut as an author, with "Noah's Story" written together with her son, about life with autism. Noah's Story is available globally online.

In addition to her private teaching and concerts, Grace enjoys her diverse roles at the Sydney Conservatorium of music; as a casual academic, and a teacher in the Rising Stars Program fostering young talents. Grace is also undertaking a PhD research at the University of Sydney, with the thesis topic on how to present sensory-friendly concerts. She has recently completed a M.Res thesis on "Calming effects of repetition in music for children with sensory sensitivities" at The MARCS Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Development.

© 2020 Grace Kim