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. She studied at Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department before continuing onto Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
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 Guildhall 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 for which she played a concert in Geilenkirchen, Germany. 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' as well as the Hannah Brookes Piano Prize at Trinity Laban for the ‘most advanced pianist’. Last year, she was awarded the Kerr Memorial Prize at Royal Over-Seas League Competition and won 1st prize at Alfred Kitchin Competition, in addition to the Audience Prize at Oleggio International Piano Competition.
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 with a variety of orchestras including Southampton Concert Orchestra, Havant Symphony Orchestra, Petersfield Orchestra, Dorking Chamber Orchestra, Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra, and Winchester Chamber Orchestra. She also performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at Birmingham Festival Orchestra’s inaugural concert. 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.
Jinah currently studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London with Sergio de Simone as a doctorate student. Jinah is an artist for Concordia Foundation and 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)