At the age of 20, Dong Yeon Kim has established himself as one of the leading young artists of his generation. His daring musicality that "took the audience by storm with an incredibly virtuosic performance" (Columbia Free Times) has garnered first prizes in numerous competitions including Lynn Harrell, Han-Eum Music, Arthur Fraser International, Dallas Symphony, National Young Artist Institute, Wysong-Joplin, and Denton Bach Society Competition among many. As a result of his winnings, Kim has performed with many orchestras such as Dallas Symphony, Lake Lewisville, Perugia Festival Orchestra, and South Carolina Philharmonic. Kim made his orchestral debut with the Plano Symphony at the age of 12 performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 at the TCYA's Concerto Evening. He has worked with many renowned conductors such as Jaap van Zweden, Adron Ming, Peter Debrowski, and Morihiko Nakahara. Kim's performance of Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 with the SC Phil has been broadcasted on public radio station WDAV 89.9 and received high praise. He also has participated in numerous music festivals including Bowdoin International, Texas State International, Southeastern, and Music Fest Perugia, among others.
At a young age, Kim moved to Plano, Texas to further his musical studies. Soon after in 2011, he matriculated into the Idyllwild Arts Academy, a music preparatory high school. Kim now studies at the Peabody Institute of Music with Boris Slutsky, with the scholarship under the name of Mr. and Mrs. Parker, who contribute large donations to the institute to support many young aspiring musicians. His past teachers include Dr.Christina Long, Dr. Andrew Park, and Nelms McKelvain.