Pianist Lori Sims received the Gold Medal at the 1998 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, where she also won the prize for the best performance of a work by Brahms.  Ms. Sims’s other awards include first prize co-winner of the 1994 Felix Bartholdy-Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin, Germany, winner of the 1993 American Pianists’ Association Competition with outstanding distinction from the jury, and the silver medal winner in the 1987 Kosciuszcko Foundation Chopin Competition. 
She has performed throughout North America, Europe, China and South Africa including engagements with the NordDeutscheRadio Orchester in Hannover, the Israel Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Spokane Chamber Orchestra, the Denver Chamber Orchestra, and the Memphis Symphony Chamber Orchestra.  Her 2000 Alice Tully Hall recital debut in New York received critical acclaim from Bernard Holland in the New York Times, a concert in which she debuted the award winning Etudes of composer Curtis Curtis-Smith. Her 2005 Weill Hall Recital and 2011 Zankel Hall Recital also received considerable critical acclaim. In 2012, she will make her seventh appearance at the prestigious Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, where she has been featured as soloist with the Gilmore Orchestra, a solo-recitalist, masterclass artist, and chamber musician.  
 As a chamber musician, Ms. Sims has been featured at the El Paso Chamber Music Festival, with the Fontana Chamber Players in Kalamazoo, and with Opus 21, a chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of 20th and 21st Century compositions. Her recording with violinist Renata Artman Knific of Sonatas of American composer, William Bolcom received 5 stars and high praise from the BBC Music Magazine.

Ms. Sims has been at Western Michigan University since 1997. In 2003, she was named the John T. Bernhard Professor of Music at Western Michigan University, one of thirteen named chairs at the University. As an artist-teacher, she has appeared two summers at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, and for seven summer sessions at the Internationale Konzertarbeitswochen in Goslar, Germany.
Lori Sims began her studies with her parents, and as a teen studied with Larry Graham at the University of Colorado.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Leon Fleisher, her Master’s Degree from the Yale School of Music as a student of Daniel Pollack and Claude Frank where she received the Dean’s Prize upon graduation, and via a two-year Deutsche Akademische AustauschDienst stipendium, she received a “Solistendiplom,” or artist diploma, from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany, as a student of Arie Vardi.


Bach Goldberg Variations
Lori Sims
American Classics