Saetbyeol Kim, a doctoral piano student of James Giles, and Julian Velasco ‘20 MMus, a former student of Taimur Sullivan, have been named 2020 Fellows in Classical Music by the Luminarts Cultural Foundation. Each will receive a $7,500 award.
The Luminarts Cultural Foundation cultivates Chicago’s vibrant arts community by supporting exemplary young artists through its competitive programs that offer financial awards, artistic opportunities, and mentoring that bridge the gap between education and career.
Kim has earned a reputation for her “ingeniously colorful imagination with stage charisma” (Agata Nowakowska), remarking “hushed performances as an operatic singer on the piano” (Cleveland Classical). A 2019 Astral National Auditions Winner, she has performed as a soloist around the world, appearing in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Teatro Civico in Italy, Flagey in Belgium, Petit Palau Hall in Spain, Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic Concert Hall in Poland, Koerner Hall in Toronto, Mozart Hall in South Korea, and Merkin Concert Hall and Kodak Hall in the U.S. She was the first prize winner of the Dallas International Competition and the Rochester Philharmonic Concerto Competition. Kim holds a Master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Enrico Elisi.