Eloise Kim, seventeen years old, was born in Seoul, South Korea. Currently a senior at Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton, Oregon, she has been studying piano with Dr. Jean-David Coen.
Eloise has already achieved numerous musical achievements. Among these achievements include first prize at Pinault International Piano Competition which allowed her to perform at Carnegie Hall at the age of eleven, third prize at the Lennox International Piano Competition, Special Director’s Prize at the Kingsville International Piano Competition, and first prize at the Jefferson Symphony Young Artists International Piano Competition.
For three consecutive years, Eloise was selected as one of the scholarship recipients for the prestigious Chopin Foundation of the United States and in 2007–08 she was named a Chamber Music Northwest Young Artist Fellow. In addition, Eloise has been awarded numerous significant scholarships including a $500 award from the Beaux Arts Society in honor of her talents and achievements, and a $1000 scholarship from the Beaverton Arts Commission (BAC), recipient of their “Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts by a High School Student Award”.
As a freshman in high school, Eloise won first prize Champion of the OMEA State Solo Competition in 2007. She was also the first place winner in the 2004 Oregon MTNA Baldwin Junior Piano Competition. In 2001 Eloise won first place in the OMTA Trula Whelan Concerto Competition.
Eloise has been a featured recitalist in OMTA Portland District programs for two years in a row, She performed in master classes for John Perry, Catherine Kautsky, Paul Roberts, Sofia Gilsom, Susan Dewitt Smith, Yakov Kasman, Roberto Plano, Ruth Slenczynska, Karen Shaw, Andre-Michel Schub, Anne-Marie McDermott, Luiz de Moura Castro, Philip Kawin, Richard Egarr, Sara Davis Buechner, Orli Shaham, Eric Himy, Jacques Rouvier, Lee Kum Sing, Marc Durand, among others.
Eloise studied at the Aspen Music Festival in 2002 and 2003 and recognized as the youngest pianist to perform in the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. She was offered a full scholarship to return to Aspen in 2008 and study under the renowned pianist, John O’Conor. She performed in Seattle and Portland for the Pacific Northwest Korean-American Youth Concert, celebrating the centennial year of Korean immigration to the United States in 2003 and was invited to perform in the Wonder Kids Musical Prodigies Program in Salem, Oregon, at the Historic Elsinore Theatre.
In 2004, she was selected as a competitor in the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2006, Eloise was selected as the youngest finalist in the New York Piano Competition. In October 2007, she was invited to perform alongside the Columbia Symphony to perform the whole Grieg Concerto. In November 2007, Eloise was the winner of the Sonata/Concerto Category of the World Piano Pedagogy Conference Most Wanted Piano Competition (dedicated to Leon Fleisher). She was awarded winner of the Vancouver (USA) Symphony Young Artist Competition at the young age of thirteen, where she performed the first movement of the Chopin Concerto No.1 alongside the Vancouver Symphony. In March 2009, Eloise performed the entire Beethoven 4th piano concerto with the Jefferson Symphony as their young artist winner.