Hye In Kim was born in 1999 in Seoul Korea and moved to Christchurch New Zealand in 2007. Hye In started his musical adventure at the age of 6 with lessons on the piano. At 8 he switched to studying the cello and after only a year of study he competed and was awarded 2nd prize in a local music competition.
After his arrival in New Zealand, he was given a scholarship to study at the Pettman Junior Academy with Edith Salzmann for 8 years. He has since moved to Hamilton in 2016 where he continued his studies with James Tennant and has been accepted into the Soloist Stream Specialization programme at the University of Waikato for 2017.
Hye In has had many successes in competitions including being the youngest semi-finalist of the NZ National Concerto Competition at the age of 11. At 13 he was awarded 1st prize at the International Padova Competition in Italy and performed Saint-Saens Cello Concerto with the Padova Symphony Orchestra as a finalist in the concerto section of the competition. These results lead to Hye In performing many concerts around Italy and awared Most Promising prize at the PACANZ in 2015.
In 2017 Hye In had a very successful year, winning the New Zealand Secondary Chamber Music Competition with his Yerevan Trio from Hillcrest High School, was awarded the Most Promising cellist prize at the inaugural Wallace International Cello Competition as well as being selected as 2nd prize in the 2016 New Zealand National Concerto Competition.