Born in South Korea, Chae-Um Kim trained at the Lycée des Arts in Seoul, just like Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the Warsaw Chopin Competition in 2015. Ulrike Meyer and Kaya Han oversee her training at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, notably the school of the great composer Wolfgang Rihm. The Imola International Academic Foundation in Italy welcomed her for three years to study under Enrico Pace and Boris Petrushansky. Chae-Um Kim then joined the National Music Conservatory in Paris, studying under Claire-Marie Le Guay and Michel Dalberto. There she strengthened her knowledge of the French repertoire, in particular the works of Claude Debussy, which she performs with authenticity. The violinist Hae-Sun Kang, a member of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, introduced Chae-Um Kim to the world of contemporary music with her course “Contemporary repertoire and creation”, where she also met Maroussia Gentet, winner of the Orléans International Piano Competition in 2018. Chae-Um Kim graduated as an artist-performer from the CNSMP, all the while perfecting her piano accompaniment with Jean-Frédéric Neuburger. Now a Parisian resident (and near the Place des Vosges), Chae-Um Kim is fluent in Korean, French, German, English and Italian… Whether at the Messiaen festival in the land of La Meije, at the Traiettorie in Parma, at the Saint-Paul-de-Vence festival, at the Musicales de Quiberon, as a soloist or with the violinist Julien Szulman, the conductors Bruno Mantovani or Matthias Pintscher, this remarkable musician continuously demonstrates a clarity, finesse and depth that comfortably blend with works from the 20th and 21st centuries. In 2020, she was awarded the Third Prize of the 14th International piano competition of Orléans (France), as well as the Orléans Conservatory Students Prize.
By François-Xavier Szymczak