Born in South Korea, Somi began her piano studies at the age of 8 and moved to New Zealand in 1997. Somi graduated with a Master of Arts with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in 2015, where she was awarded a Dip RAM for an Outstanding Final Recital. She gained a First Class Masters in Music majoring in Piano Performance from the University of Auckland in 2013. During her studies in New Zealand she was the recipient of numerous awards including the Anne Bellam Scholarship and the Patricia Pratt Scholarship in Musical Performance.
Somi was the winner of the 2014 Gerald Moore Award for Accompanists and is the recipient of the Vivian Langrish Memorial Trust Prize, Thomas Art of Song Accompanist Prize and the Major van Someron-Godfery Prize for Accompanists. Somi has much experience in repetiteuring and is sought after as a chamber musician and song accompanist. She is an artist for the Park Lane Group, Kirckman Concert Society, Concordia Foundation and the Worshipful Company of Musicians for the 2015/16 seasons. Somi is also a scholar on the Samling Artist Programme. In recital, recent and future appearances include the Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Purcell Room Southbank, Royal Over-Seas League London, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, St. James’s Piccadilly, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Oxford Lieder Festival. Her European debut with Kowalczyk-Kim Duo in 2016 include performances in Bratislava, Slovenia and the Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam.
Somi’s chamber group Estrella were winners of the 6th Pettman/Royal Over-Seas League Arts International Scholarship in 2012. Subsequently, she undertook a 6-week tour of the United Kingdom performing at many prestigious venues. They recorded and released their first commercial CD ‘Tui’ with Atoll records in 2013. Somi recently made her debut with Chamber Music New Zealand, completing a 15-concert tour with Mimosa Ensemble.
Somi has appeared in public masterclasses with Stephen Hough, Simon Trpceski, Helmut Deutsch, Florian Boesch, Bengt Forsberg and Maxim Vengerov. She is currently studying towards an Advanced Diploma in Performance majoring in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Michael Dussek and Ian Brown.