Born to a musical family, Connie Kim-Sheng has always and only known a life of music. She began learning piano at three years old; she was accepted into John Perry’s private studio at eleven years old.
At twelve years old, Connie performed her debut solo concert and has since graced the stage throughout the States and internationally, including Canada, China, Spain, Poland, Germany, and Australia.
Connie was successful at several international competitions, including the Virginia Waring International Competition, Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Bronislaw Kaper Awards for Young Artists, Knigge Music Competition, and the New Orleans International Piano Competition for Young Artists. Connie has been a featured soloist with YMF Debut Orchestra, Northridge Orchestra, Rio Hondo Symphony, and Verde Valley Sinfonietta. As a winner of the annual concerto competition at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Connie performed Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto in Koerner Hall with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra.
An experienced chamber musician, Connie has attended prestigious music programs, such as the Ravinia Steans Institute, Kneisel Hall, Morningside Music Bridge, and Aspen Music Festival. Through these institutions she has had the honor of working with legendary musicians Leon Fleisher, Miriam Fried, Julian Martin, Seymour Lipkin, Arie Vardi, and other such high caliber artists.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from The Glenn Gould School with full scholarship under the guidance of John Perry, she continued her graduate studies with Hung-Kuan Chen and Meng-Chieh Liu at the New England Conservatory. She is in the process of completing her doctorate degree from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, studying with Jeffrey Kahane. While at USC, Connie served as a graduate teaching assistant, running group piano classes and private lessons, and completed minor fields in conducting with Larry J. Livingston and harpsichord performance with Lucinda Carver.
Most recently, Connie and her husband Ben founded Fried Music, a creative space for performance and education. Fried Music encourages the highest level of music making in students of all backgrounds through performance, chamber music, and their Pre-College Program. Along with an intimate and renovated performance space, the school will serve as a musical center in the heart of downtown Alhambra.