Mariya Kim was born in Sevastopol (Ukraine) into a family of musicians. At the age of six she started to study the piano at the music school in Sevastopol, where she graduated in 1998 under her mother, Tatiana Kim. In 1998 she entered the Hanover Hochschule für Musik und Theater, studying under Vladimir Krainev and at the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw under Piotr Paleczny. She has been a top prizewinner at many international piano competitions, including first prize at the VI Paderewski International Piano Competition, the China Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition, the XVII Concorso Internazionale per Pianoforte e Orchestra Città di Cantù, the “Maria Callas Grand Prix”, a prize at the Busoni International Piano Competition, and first prize at the Fourth Seoul International Music Competition in Korea and the Iturbi International Music Competition in Los Angeles (USA). As a soloist she has performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, Korean National Symphony Orchestra, Ukraine Philarmonic, Athens Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre National dʼÎle de France, Ukraine State Symphony Orchestra, ʻAmadeusʼ Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, Incheon Philharmonic, Taipei Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, and Wrocław Philharmonic among others.