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Chaerin Kim
(United States / South Korea)

Piano & Harp & Conducting

University of Massachusetts - Boston

Schlossakademie - Germany

Multi-Instrumentalist virtuoso

A multi-instrumentalist and one of the very few people in the world who you can see performing as a soloist with two instruments on the same stage as an orchestra, internationally acclaimed harpist, pianist, composer, conductor, and professor Dr. Chaerin Kim is the winner of 12 national and international competitions in America, England, Russia, and Korea. She has been a judge for 77 times at 36 international competitions in the US, UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Canada, Italy, Germany, Austria, Serbia, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Spain, Japan, and Australia. She plays 10 instruments: piano, harp, violin, viola, cello, harpsichord, accordion, guitar, ukulele, and drums. She was the winner of the Special Prize for Best Performance of Russian Music at the International Harp Competition in Russia; and winner of the Future Classic Women Award from the London Radio Station as a harpist and a composer.

Dr. Kim's other awards include the CFA Award and Department Honor Award from Boston University; the Garrett Award, Foundation Award, and Julia Leney Harp Prize in London; a three-time winner of Soloist Competitions at Ewha University, Kaywon School for the Arts, and Boston University; the Bronze Medalist for Solo Piano at the Walgan Music Competition; and winner of the Grand Prize from the Korean Students Newspaper.

She has been featured as a soloist on both harp and piano, some of her performances have included Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Debussy’s Danses for Harp, Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with UMB Orchestra; Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Boston Chamber Orchestra; Ginastera’s Harp Concerto with BU Symphony Orchestra; Ginastera’s Harp Concerto with Seongnam Philharmonic; Guest Soloist of the International Music Festival
broadcast live in Korea; Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and Debussy’s Danses with Yonsei Sinfonietta; and Pierné’s Harp Concerto with EU Orchestra. Her harp performance has been used for the British movie Kaleidoscope, (main actor Toby Jones), which was the winner of Best Performance at the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival. As a composer, her composition, Rendezvous, has 100 versions, including versions for orchestra, harp, piano, and voice, with lyrics written by her and translated into 80 different languages. The orchestral version of Rendezvous had its World Premiere in Boston, Massachusetts, and its Venezuela Premiere by the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Venezuela. Today, has released 146 songs (7 Albums and 91 Singles), and her music has aired on radio stations in the US and UK. Most recently, she was nominated for and awarded a Future Classic Women Award through the London Radio Station, where she has been interviewed twice. She has also been interviewed by WCPE Radio in the US.


Dr. Kim’s musical studies began when she was six years old. She majored in piano at Yewon Music Middle School, while also beginning studies in cello and voice. After Yewon, she went on to attend Kaywon High School of Arts, where she continued to major in piano. In her last year, at the age of eighteen, she also started lessons on the harp, and six months later won the Soloist Audition for Harp. She received her BA with Highest Honors from Ewha University in Seoul – then, while pursuing her master’s degree at Ewha, she was offered a scholarship for a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated with distinction. She received her MM from Yale University. She was invited to the Artist’s Diploma program at Yale and the Graduate Diploma Program at the New England Conservatory – however, she decided to pursue her doctorate at Boston University, where she was offered a full scholarship. She was the “quickest recipient of a Doctorate” in BU Music School’s history, completing it in three and a half years.


As a judge and jurist, Dr. Kim was the artistic director of the USA International Music Competition in 2010, and between 2021 and 2028, she is scheduled to judge 89 times at 37 international competitions for a multitude of categories, including harp, piano, all instruments, composition, and singers. She has also been the chair of harp judges at the Global Musical Arts Competition in California.


The competitions Dr. Kim has judged are: the Stockholm International Music Competition in Sweden, European Classical Music Awards – Classical Music Artists Award in the UK, Manchester International Music Competition in the UK, Wiener International Music Competition in Austria, Music International Grand Prix in New York, Liszt International Music Competition in Italy, Classic Pure Vienna International Music Competition in Austria, King’s Peak International Music Competition in California, World Vision Music Contest in Germany, InterContinental Music Awards in the US, Amigdala International Music Competition in Italy, Boston International Music Competition in the US, Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition in Canada, International Music Competition in Serbia, World Online Music Competitions Federation in London, Charleston International Music Competition in San Francisco, Music Modern in Ukraine, Global Genius Music Competition in the UK, Global Musical Arts Competition in California, Best Classical Musicians Awards in London, Royal Sound Music Competition in Canada, Savshinsky Competition in Russia, Scandinavian International Instrumental Music Competition in Finland, Rocky Mountain Music Competition in Canada, Unsigned Only Music Competition in Tennessee, Best Classical Musicians Awards in London, Rising Star International Arts Competition in Indiana, International Strings & Chamber Music Competition in Romania, Musical South Palmyra in Ukraine, London Young Musician competition in the UK, International Youth Music Competition in Atlanta, Danubia International Music Competition in Hungary and Italy, Basel International Music Competition in Switzerland and Japan, Music & Stars Awards in Spain, Melbourne International Piano and Strings Competition in Australia, and the JSFest International Instrumental Music Competition in Finland.


Dr. Kim was a full-time music faculty member at Eastern Nazarene College, where she taught piano, harp, music theory, and music history classes. She was also the former Head of the Harp Department at Adagio Music Academy, the Harp Department Chair at South Shore Conservatory, an artistic director of the USA International Music Competition, and a piano faculty at Shepherd’s Heart School of Music in Florida. In 2009, she was an Artist Collaborator with projectSTEP – a program created by the Boston Symphony Orchestra to provide opportunities to underrepresented students in the classical music profession. During her time as a graduate student, she was a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate harp students at Boston University and Yale University. Currently, she is an artist and masterclass leader with the TTF Entertainment Company in China, and a music faculty for piano and harp at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Schlossakademie in Germany. She is also an instructor for both instruments through the Office of Arts at Harvard University.

Dr. Kim has three upcoming projects. In 2024, she will conduct the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Venezuela in a world premiere concert while performing as a soloist, playing 2 instruments. She is also composing two concertos. First, she is working on a harp concerto in honor of Dr. Ann Hobson Pilot, harpist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 40 years, to be premiered with BSO. In addition, she is composing a dual concerto for piano and harp for The Princess of Wales, to be premiered in London.

 

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