Born and raised in Korea, composer and vocalist Mi Kim has had the privilege of being immersed in diverse music scenes. At the age of six, she started to play classical piano. After graduating with honors in Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice with a concentration in classical piano in Korea, she completed classical vocal courses at the Academia Internationale Delle Arti in Rome, Italy.
Soon after, Mi fell in love with American jazz, and moved to New York City where she was accepted to the prestigious jazz program at The New School in Manhattan. There, she studied with the legendary bassist and composer Reggie Workman, as well as with Jane Ira Bloom, Andy McKee and many others.
Under the tutelage of Reggie Workman, she participated in Futuristic Concept Project: Avant-Garde, and The Sound Of John Coltrane Jazz Orchestra, The Charles Mingus Project, as well as in small group and big band settings as a vocalist.
Mi Kim graduated from the New School in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Performing Arts/Jazz Voice.
Upon graduating from the New School, Mi was ready to begin a new chapter and enrolled at the Aaron Copland School Of Music at the City University of New York (CUNY), where she studied composition and film scoring with acclaimed composers Pete Calandra and Michael Mossman. She earned her Master’s Degree in Jazz Composition and Film Scoring in 2018.
In the United States, Mi had the privilege of performing with Peter Slavov, Johnny Smith, Peter Rogine, Janet Lawson.
Her voice is featured on the albums “The Pentatonic Forest” by “Azande” Cummings & Yuki Yamaguchi and “Little Stories” by Peter Slavov. She has performed at the prestigious Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center as a member of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Steve Zegree as part of the New York City Jazz Festival.
Mi Kim's film scoring and sound design credits include the animated shorts Akinetic (2018) and Our Flowers Are Neon Blue (including a standalone trailer for Our Flowers Are Neon Blue) (2019)
Mi is currently working on her original compositions and on arrangements of Korean traditional songs for her upcoming album, due to be released in 2020.