Born in Tokyo in 1989 to a Korean father and a French mother, Jean-Michel KIM grew up in Japan, studied at the music high school attached to the Tokyo Music University before leaving at nineteen for France to continue his studies at the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris.
He won the 1st prize at the 11th International Piano Competition of Lagny (2017), the piano prize at the 9th French Melody Interpretation Competition of Toulouse (2017) and the Pro Musicis prize (2019).
He has played at the Nancyphonies Festival, La Prée Music Festival, Festival Piano au Jacobins, Festival Piano en Valois or Festival Piano en Saintonge. In Tokyo, he plays regularly in the concert halls very appreciated by music lovers: Toppan Hall, Yamaha Hall, Dai-Ichi Seimei Hall and Opera city Hall.
As a chamber musician, he is highly appreciated and requested by important Japanese musicians such as violinist Mie Kobayashi or clarinetist Seiji Yokokawa.
Since 2010, he has formed a duo with violinist Keisuke Tsushima. The duo was awarded the Sacem Prize at the 10th Lyon International Chamber Music Competition in 2014. In 2016, violinist Keisuke Tsushima won the 12th International Music Competition of Romania and Jean-Michel received the Kariyazaki Shôgo Prize. The duo was a laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation. Their CD 「Recital at Opera city Hall」 was highly reviewed by critics.
Jean-Michel Kim obtained a master's degree in piano in 2013 at the CNSMD of Paris (in the class of Jacques Rouvier and Hortense Cartier-Bresson). He completed his postgraduate studies in piano at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg in 2013 (class of Jacques Rouvier). He obtained a Bachelor's degree in accompaniment (class of Yann Ollivo), a Master's degree in chamber music in 2016 (class of Haruko Ueda) and a Master's degree in vocal accompaniment (class of Anne Le Bozec). In May 2019 he obtained the Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste de Piano from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris (class of Henri Barda) .
He has been working as an assistant professor in the vocal class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris since September 2020.