B i o g r a p h y
British-Korean pianist Jinah Shim began learning the piano aged five and attended Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department. 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. Jinah then went onto study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with pianist Martin Roscoe where she graduated with distinction. She also obtained her Artist Diploma with distinction under the tutelage of Sergio De Simone at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, where she won the Hannah Brooke’s Prize for the “most advanced pianist”. She is currently pursuing doctoral research based on piano performance.
Jinah has won prizes at both national and international competitions including Chandos Young Musician of the Year 2011, 1st prize at Christopher Duke International Piano Competition, 2nd prize at Brighton’s Springboard Concerto competition, House Concert Prize at Euregio Award International Competition, 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, in association with KIPC, where she was awarded the title of 'Pianist in association with London Mozart Players'. In 2021, she won 1st prize at Alfred Kitchin Competition, in addition to the Audience Prize at Oleggio International Piano Competition. She also received the Kerr Memorial Prize at the Royal OverSeas League Competition for two years consecutively.
Notable past performances include performing concertos with London Mozart Players as well as directing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12 at the piano with Birmingham Junior Chamber Orchestra, aged 18. She has performed with a variety of orchestras including Southampton Concert Orchestra, Havant Symphony Orchestra, Petersfield Orchestra, Dorking Chamber Orchestra, Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Festival Orchestra, Epsom Orchestra, Guildford Symphony Orchestra and Winchester Chamber Orchestra.
In addition to concertos, Jinah regularly gives recitals as a soloist and has performed in prestigious venues around the UK including London’s Wigmore Hall, Steinway Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and St. James’s Piccadilly Church. She has also given recitals as a guest artist in Italy, France and Germany.
"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)