Jinah Shim began learning the piano at the age of five with Rosie Cross. 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, as well as being a finalist of the Glasgow International Piano Competition in 2005. She then went on to study with Professor Malcolm Wilson at the Birmingham Conservatoire on a full scholarship as a junior student.
In 2011, she won ‘Chandos Young Musician of the Year’ and consequently performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Chandos Symphony Orchestra. She was also the first Guildhall winner of the 2011 Enescu scholarship offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute. In 2015, Jinah won 1st prize at Christopher Duke Piano Competition and won 2nd prize at Brighton’s Springboard Concerto competition as well as being a semi-finalist of Bromsgrove International Young Musician Competition. She is also currently an artist for Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Award for Young Concert Artists scheme for 2015-2017 season.
Notable past performances include Grieg’s Piano Concerto in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and directing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 at the piano. She has performed other concertos with various different orchestras, including Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at Birmingham Festival Orchestra’s inaugural concert under the baton of the assistant conductor of the Hallé Orchestra, Jamie Phillips. She has also given recitals around the UK including London’s Wigmore Hall and Steinway Hall.
Not only is she interested in solo piano, she is also an avid chamber musician and represented the UK at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in 2014 with her piano trio. This year she will be performing with her piano quartet at Orpheus and Bacchus Music Festival in France.
Jinah is on the postgraduate course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, studying with pianists Martin Roscoe, Ronan O’Hora and Noriko Ogawa. She is grateful for the support of the Skinner’s Company.