Lauren Kim: Solo with Lake Shore Symphony
By Sarah Kamal
Lauren Kim, Adv. 905, performed as a piano soloist with the Lakeshore Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 24. To celebrate the Orchestra’s 45th anniversary, Kim played Mozart's Piano Concerto No 21.
Kim has had a passion for music since she was very young. On her third birthday, she received a piano from her parents and began taking lessons, which is when her love of music began. She continued taking piano lessons while also picking up violin and guitar on the side. She has a 10-year old sister who is also musically gifted and specializes in the oboe and the piano. When asked about her motivation to play musical instruments, Kim said, “I think there are too many people out there who start playing an instrument but never wrap their heads around the long-term dedication and time commitment that it will require. So honestly, I think for me, my biggest motivators in continuing to practice and perform were the people surrounding me (my parents, my teachers, friends) and my personal drive to improve my playing with every practice.”
As a member of Northside’s orchestra, Kim enjoys being able to play the violin along with the classmates that she calls her “second family.” She primarily plays the piano, although the only program at Northside with opportunities for advanced pianists is jazz band. Kim says that although she is not very into jazz music, she definitely would like to give it a try sometime. She also wants to continue pursuing music in college and beyond because she says she could never stop performing without feeling that something is missing from her life.
When asked what it is like to perform on the piano, Kim said, “Performing helps me express feelings and stories that I would not otherwise have the proper words for. I feel most like myself in two places: performing onstage and practicing in front of my piano in the living room.”
The support of her friends and family has also helped her significantly and motivated her to continue playing music and get her to where she is today. “I've been a solo and chamber musician for all of my life,” said Kim, “but playing with an orchestra by my side made my music sound richer and fuller. The entire performance just felt so put together and natural, like I was putting on a holistic show rather than obsessing over notes or technique. Every performance brings me new insight as a musician, and this past one for me really demonstrated the depth and power that a musical performance could embrace.”