Second-year doctoral student Youkyoung Kim won the Gold Medalist prize along with the Audience Favorite prize in the professional category of this year’s Seattle International Piano Competition.
The competition took place Oct. 16-19 at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington. There were six finalists in the professional category, who were each required to perform for 20 minutes.
Kim performed the first movement of Chopin’s Sonata No. 2, Op. 35, along with the first and fourth movements of Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 28.
The members of the jury for the competition's final round were Mark Clinton, Slawomir Dobrzanski, Robin McCabe, Logan Skelton, Alexander Tutunov and Esther Wang. For the second time, the competition placed jurors behind a screen to ensure that nothing other than the music making influenced their decision. The jury members were unable to engage in discussion with their colleagues, voting strictly by anonymous, silent ballot.
As the winner of the competition’s professional category, Kim received a $2,000 cash prize.
A native of Busan, South Korea, Kim began her piano studies at the age of five and entered Sunhwa Arts High School in 2002. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Seoul National University, where she studied with Junghye Ra and Nayoung Kim, before coming to CCM to complete her master’s degree. At CCM, she studies with Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence Awadagin Pratt.