Sunhae Im was born in South Korea in 1976. From 1994 to 1998 she studied at the College of Music/Seoul National University and at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe. In 1997 she won First Prize in the Korean Schubert Society Competition and the Grand Prix of the tenth Korean Youth and Music Competition. She was also awarded second prizes in the Dong-A Music Competition of the Japanese Schubert Society in Tokyo and Osaka. In May 2000 Sunhae Im was a finalist in the Reine Elisabeth Song Competition in Brussels. This led to radio recordings and concerts in Asia and Europe. In February 2000 Sunhae Im was heard as Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro
under Paolo Carignani at the Frankfurt Opera. In the following season she sang Valetto and Amor in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea,
Zerlina in Don Giovanni,
Papagena in Die Zauberflöte,
Barbarina once more, and Yniold in Pelléas et Mélisande,
in new productions at the Niedersächsische Staatstheater in Hanover. Sunhae Im has sung under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe, Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Frans Brüggen, Marcus Creed, Paolo Carignani and Kent Nagano.