Orion Kim

Orion Kim, piano (Saint Paul, MN), studies with Professor Claudia Chen of Macalester College and Dr. Wei-Yi Yang of Yale University.

Orion has performed with numerous orchestras in the Twin Cities area including the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, the Dakota Valley Symphony, the Golden Valley Orchestra, and the University of Minnesota Chamber Orchestra. Most recently, he was one of the top prize winners in Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerto Competition and the LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra Rising Stars Concerto Competition. In 2020, Orion won the top prize at the Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition (Junior Division), Honorable Mention at the Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition, and was named Alternate for the state of Minnesota in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Young Artist Competition (Junior Level). Orion took first place in the 2019 Saint Paul Piano Teachers Concerto Competition, leading to a performance of Saint-Saens’ Concerto No. 2 in G minor with the Mississippi Valley Orchestra.

Orion’s other great passion besides the piano is soccer, and he plays competitively for the Saint Paul Blackhawks Club, whose team won the 2019 and 2021 Minnesota State Championships and the 2018 USA Schwann Cup. Previous Young Artists Program musician (2021)