Melanie M.Y. CHAE performed the Grieg Piano Concerto when she was thirteen with Korean Symphony Orchestra where she was commented as a 'sensational young pianist'. She extended her studies at the Purcell School in London and she studied with the world-leading teachers like Patsy Toh, Yonty Solomon and Irina Zaritskaya. She received the Master of Music Degree from the Royal College of Music where she also performed Scriabin Concerto with the RCM Sinfonietta.
Whilst having studied in London, Melanie has received numerous scholarships such as Myra Hess Scholarship, Martin Scholarship and she won the Yamaha Scholarship Europe in 2002. Her achievements from competitions include the First prize from the Zinetti International Chamber Music Compeition and Maria Canals International Music Competition (2004), the Second prize in the Concorso Internazionale Ciltta di Pinerolo (2001), the Second prize in the Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition (2001) and the special prize in the Concorso Internazionale di esecuzione musicale Provincia di Caltanissetta.
Melanie is also a devoted chamber musician. She has performed enourmous chamber music concerts and she has worked with professors like Boris Kuschnir, Pavel Vernikov and Igor Ozim and her partners include Julian Rachlin, Lidia Baich and Alisa Weilerstein and her husband Edwin E.S. KIM. She also has an album from the Decca with a Scriabin Prelude.
Melanie has performed in prestigious venues such as Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, The Purcell Room, South Bank in London. Melanie performs actively with Edwin E.S. Kim and as a soloist in Vienna, London, Lindau, Koblenz, Seoul, Daegu and venues including St. Martin-in-the-Field, Regent's Hall, Purcell Room (UK) Little Angels' Concert Hall, Seoul (Korea), Stadttheater, Lindau (Germany), Gesellschaft für Musiktheater Wien, Konzerthaus (Vienna) Palau di Musica (Spain) and many others.
Melanie worked as an official pianist at Hannover International Violin Competition in 2009 and 2012 and she has been a cooperative pianist at Queen Elisabeth International Competition, Tchaikovsky International Competition, Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, Lipizer International Violin Competition, Prague Spring International Music Competition and received the best pianist prize from the Spohr International Violin Competition. She has been a chamber music partner of world-class artists and also worked at Vienna Conservatory.
Melanie has released a CD in summer 2008 with Edwin Kim. In the following season, she concerts with Melos Chamber Orchestra and Busan Youth Symphony Orchestra, Sibiu Filharmonica as well as many chamber music concerts in Europe and Asia.