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“As a pianist, Kimberly Kong met every challenge of effusive lyricism and blustery passage work, drawing a wide vocabulary of textures and confident brawn.”
– The Washington Post

Korean-American pianist, Kimberly Kong, first attracted public attention at the age of 9 with her successful debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She performed the Haydn Piano Concerto in D Major at Heinz Hall under the baton of Edward Cumming. Since then, she has appeared frequently as a soloist with the orchestra under the baton of Marvin Hamlish.

Kong’s other solo appearances include recitals at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PNC Hall at Duquesne University, and Puccini Theatre in Italy. In 2005, she made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra performing the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor at the Kennedy Center.

Kong’s numerous successes in piano competitions include grand prize at the Cincinnati World Competition, second prize at the 20th Bartok-Prokofiev-Kabelevsky Competition, and first prize at the Koscuiszko Chopin Piano Competition amongst others. 

She previously attended the Peabody Institute for her Bachelor of Music with a merit scholarship, to study with Yong Hi Moon, and she received her Master of Music from the Juilliard School studying with Julian Martin, while serving as a Piano Minor Instructor.

Currently, Kong is simultaneously pursuing a Doctoral degree in Piano Performance and a Master’s degree in Musicology at the Peabody. She has been piano faculty at the Peabody Preparatory since 2011 and was an Artist-in-Residence at Strathmore.  As an avid chamber musician, she performs as the Ward-Kong Duo with cellist Alicia Ward.