Grace Kim, The Final Forte 2019 winner performs “Londonderry Air,” an Irish folk song, and an excerpt from the 4th movement of Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto


A new story in this series features Grace Kim, winner of The Finale Forte 2019. Grace performs two works. The first is “Londonderry Air,” an Irish folk song. The second piece is an excerpt from the 4th movement of Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

Between performances Grace shares her passion for playing music and the energy she felt playing with our orchestra in The Final Forte, that is far different from playing alone or with just a piano. She goes on to express her views about the power of classical music as something everyone can enjoy in their own way, no matter who they are. Experiences playing again at Concert on the Green, advice for aspiring young musicians, and dreams she has for the future to play with a professional orchestra, as well as hopes to attend a top music school, are among the other thoughts Grace shared with us.

About Grace Kim

Grace Kim recently graduated from Waunakee Community High School. She currently studies cello with Uri Vardi, Professor of Cello at the UW-Madison School of Music. She won first prize in the 2019 Bolz Young Artist Competition, in which she performed as soloist with the Madison Symphony in a live broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television and Radio. Grace was also one of the winners of the 2019 Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras’ (WYSO) Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. She became a semi-finalist in the 2019 and 2020 La Crosse Rising Stars Concerto Competition and is a finalist of the Milwaukee Symphony’s 2020 Stars of Tomorrow Auditions. She has been a member of WYSO for four years and served as principal cellist for the Youth Orchestra from 2018-2020. In 2018, she also served as principal cellist in the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Honors Orchestra. As a recipient of the UW–Madison tuition waiver through the Summer Music Clinic, Grace will begin her undergraduate studies at UW–Madison in the fall of 2020.

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