Concert pianist Grace Kim a finalist in 2019 Altitude awards

Grace Kim has been named as an individual finalist in the 2019 Altitude Awards.

The Bullaburra concert pianist, music educator and author is a finalist the "purpose driven entrepreneurs" category.

Grace Kim. Photo: David Hill, Deep Hill media.

Grace Kim. Photo: David Hill, Deep Hill media.

Ms Kim founded Sensory Concerts and the registered charity Your Music Incorporated. The organisations bring high-quality classical music to children and adults with special needs including autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, dementia, and physical and intellectual disabilities.

Her inspiration for the concerts evolved through her experience as a mother of a son with Asperger Syndrome, and through her mother's experience of dementia.

Ms Kim was determined to create accessible, disability-inclusive classical music concerts for those who couldn't normally attend, bringing them the benefits of live classical music.

"It's well known that there are many studies showing how good live classical music is for growing brains," she said.

"Live classical music is one of the few things that bypasses neurological blockages, unlocking emotional and situational memory in dementia patients, promoting a general sense of wellbeing, reducing anxiety and stress."

The Altitude Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge women from small business and local entrepreneurs who have made outstanding contributions as; business owners, volunteers, employees, creative thinkers in retail, charities and community organisations.

Women with Altitude founder, Andrea Turner-Boys said: "We look forward to this time each year when we celebrate and champion the achievements of everyday people achieving extraordinary things."

An independent judging panel adjudicates the awards, and will be awarding the winner of each category at a gala ball on Saturday, June 1 at Liverpool Catholic Club Event Centre.