Born into a musical family, Connie Kim-Sheng began her piano lessons at three years old with her mother, who remained her primary teacher until 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. She has appeared on NPR’s From the Top and attended the selective Morningside Music Bridge program multiple times. In high school, she received a Davidson Fellows Scholarship, a competitive award that supports young students to pursue their studies at a high level.
Connie was successful at her first major international competition, the Virginia Waring International Competition, at fifteen years old and had her solo debut with orchestra performing Prokofiev’s first piano concerto. She has been a featured soloist with YMF Debut Orchestra, Northridge Orchestra, Rio Hondo Symphony, and Verde Valley Sinfonietta. Her awards include top prizes at the 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, as well as finalist and special prizewinner at the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition. 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 festivals, such as the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Kneisel Hall, Aspen Music Festival, Orford Music Festival, and Sarasota 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.
Connie is one of the founding members of the Monterey Piano Trio and has the honor of performing alongside Ben Fried and Strauss Shi. As a trio, the group has performed throughout Los Angeles with much success. Within months of their formation, they were invited as an Ensemble-in-Residence at the Heifetz Institute.
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 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 that strives to encourage the highest level of music making in students of all backgrounds. Along with an intimate and renovated performance space, the school will serve as a musical center in the heart of downtown Alhambra.