David Kim was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and began his musical studies at age 10. As the first place winner of the Oregon Symphony’s Corbett Competition, he was featured as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
David discovered jazz while attending the renowned Interlochen Arts Academy in Northern Michigan. David then went on to study classical music at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston. Since then, David has made jazz his passion and profession for more than 10 years.
David style of playing has been greatly influenced by Pianist Oscar Peterson, Red Garland, Erroll Garner, Bill Charlap, and Robert Glasper among numerous others. David continues to compose music and perform around the Portland area, playing gigs, accompanying choirs while teaching privately.