Kimberly Hou began piano at 4 years old and has since developed a lifelong love for music. In 2012, the United States White House Commission on Presidential Scholars named Kimberly a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and she was recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation as a Silver Award Winner. Kimberly has appeared on NPR’s From the Top as well as performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Kennedy Center Concert Hall and Millennium Stage, U.S. Department of State, and the Hungarian and Bulgarian Embassies.
She won First Prize in the 2009 Music Teachers National Association Junior Piano Competition, the 23rd, 25th, and 27th International Young Artist Piano Competitions, and over 28 other regional and national competitions. In addition, she performed in concerts with the Richmond, New River Valley, and VCU Symphony Orchestras as the winner of concerto competitions. Kimberly also received the inaugural Elmer award presented by Elmer’s Products and the Kids In Need Foundation for her benefit concerts fundraising towards children’s school supplies.
A graduate of the Columbia University-Juilliard School Exchange Program in New York City, Kimberly’s latest projects include film scoring and composing in addition to piano performance. During her time in school, she founded and led Columbia Pops, Columbia University’s premier pops orchestra with over 60 orchestra players today.
Currently based in San Francisco, CA, she enjoys writing and recording music for podcasts, video game soundtracks, short films, and documentaries. Kimberly grew up in Northern Virginia, where she studied piano with Marjorie Lee. Her professors at Juilliard include Matti Raekallio and Hung-Kuan Chen.