B i o g r a p h y
British-Korean pianist Jinah Shim began learning the piano at the age of five in Birmingham. During her junior school years, she represented the Northfield Festival at the National Piano Festival in London and was a winner of the European Piano Teacher’s Association competition. At the age of fourteen, she was the youngest finalist of the Glasgow International Piano Competition.
In 2011, she won 'Chandos Young Musician of the Year' and was consequently invited performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Chandos Symphony Orchestra a year later. She was also the first winner of the 2011 Enescu scholarship offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute. In 2015, Jinah won 1st prize at Christopher Duke Piano Competition and won 2nd prize at Brighton’s Springboard Concerto competition, as well as being an artist for Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Award for Young Concert Artists scheme. In 2017, she won the House Concert Prize at Euregio Award International Competition and a year later, she won 1st prize at the Alexander Kelly Concerto Competition, 2nd prize at Tunbridge Wells International Piano Competition and 1st prize at John Longmire Competition. In 2019, she won the Mozart Memorial Prize where she was awarded the title of 'Pianist in association with London Mozart Players' and was also a finalist in Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition. This year, she was one of the keyboard finalists in the Royal Over-Seas League competition and was awarded the Kerr Memorial Prize.
Notable past performances include performing concertos with London Mozart Players and directing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12 at the piano with Birmingham Junior Chamber Orchestra. She has performed works such as Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 and Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 amongst others, with a variety of orchestras including Southampton Concert Orchestra, Birmingham Festival Orchestra, Havant Symphony Orchestra, Petersfield Orchestra, Dorking Chamber Orchestra, Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra, and Winchester Chamber Orchestra. Jinah regularly gives recitals as a soloist and has performed around the UK including London’s Wigmore Hall, Steinway Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and St. James’s Piccadilly Church.
Not only is she interested in solo piano, she is also an avid chamber musician and represented the UK at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in 2014 with her piano trio. In 2015 She was also the pianist of the Hill piano quartet and performed at Orpheus and Bacchus Music Festival in France. In 2017, she co-founded Leipzig Duo, with which she has won multiple awards and competitions in Godalming and Kent International Piano Course. She currently works with cellist Helena Svigelj as part of Meridies Duo and have performed recitals around the UK.
Jinah currently studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London with pianists Sergio de Simone and Peter Tuite. Jinah is most grateful for the support of the Limoges Trust, Henry Wood Trust and the Worshipful Company of Skinners’, where she was awarded the title of an Atwell Scholar.
"Her extraordinarily rounded performances of works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Debussy gripped from start to finish. This was playing of a very high class... I am sure Jinah is destined for an exciting career."
- Richard Laing (Chairman of the Adjudicators at Chandos Young Musician 2011)