16-year-old pianist Kimberly Hou from Arlington will appear on an upcoming episode of From the Top, the NPR radio program featuring America’s young classical musicians and hosted by pianist Christopher O’Riley. Broadcast from College Park, Md., the show will air nationally the week of May 30 and will be available online at fromthetop.org. This episode was taped before a live audience at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland on April 16.
Kimberly studies the piano with Marjorie Lee at Lee Studios in Vienna. She has played with chamber ensembles for the past five years including a duo, trio, quartet, and quintet. She was one of eight pianists to attend the Babayan International Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and she was the only pianist chosen to participate in both the 2009 and 2010 National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute in Washington, D.C. When she’s not playing music, Kimberly enjoys volunteering as a medical research assistant, watching funny TV shows with her mom, and hanging out with her friends.