YUNCHAN LIM

2022 CLIBURN GOLD MEDALIST
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER
WINNER OF AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE OF A NEW WORK

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ABOUT

“Lim got to the soul of the piece.” — La Scena

“Lim is a one-in-a-million talent.” — Dallas Morning News

 

In June 2022, Yunchan Lim became the youngest person ever to win gold at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; his performances throughout showcased a “magical ability” and a “natural, instinctive quality” (La Scena) that astounded listeners around the world. As Jury Chair Marin Alsop expressed: “Yunchan is that rare artist who brings profound musicality and prodigious technique organically together.” The depth of his artistry and connection to listeners also secured him the Audience Award and Best Performance of a New Work (for Sir Stephen Hough’s Fanfare Toccata). 

Just 18 years old, Yunchan’s ascent to international stardom has been meteoric. His audacious Cliburn Semifinal Round performance of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes “created a buzz throughout the international piano community”—his “intelligent virtuosity and total immersion into Liszt’s idiom truly defined transcendental” (Gramophone). And his final Cliburn Competition appearance with Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 delivered the defining moment of the three-week event; as one critic noted: “The applause that followed was endless: a star had emerged before our eyes” (Seen and Heard International). The video of that performance trended globally on YouTube in the days after, reaching #24, and has now become the most-watched version of that piece on the platform, amassing more than 5.5 million views in just one month. 

Born in Siheung, Korea, Yunchan Lim began piano lessons at age 7, when it was time to choose an after-school activity; he entered the Music Academy of the Seoul Arts Center the next year and quickly became immersed in his musical studies. He auditioned for and was accepted into the Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts at age 13, where he met his teacher and mentor, Minsoo Sohn. Yunchan entered the international music stage a year later, in 2018, winning second prize and the Chopin Special Award in his first-ever competition, the Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists. Also that year, he stood out as the youngest participant in the Cooper International Competition, where he won both third prize and the audience prize, and was provided the opportunity to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra. The next year, 2019, brought more accolades, when, at the age of 15, he was the youngest to win Korea’s IsangYun International Competition, also taking home two special prizes. 

Yunchan has since performed across South Korea—including with the Korean Orchestra Festival, Korea Symphony, Suwon Philharmonic, and Busan Philharmonic Orchestras, among others—as well as in Madrid, at the invitation of the Korea Cultural Center in Spain. He also participated in the recording of “2020 Young Musicians of Korea,” organized by the Korean Broadcasting System and released that November. His 2022–2023 inaugural tour as Cliburn winner will take him across four continents, with highlights including the Aspen Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society, and Performing Arts Houston in the United States; Seoul Arts Center, National Concert Hall in Taipei, and the KBS and Korean National Symphony Orchestras in Asia; Wigmore Hall and Fondation Louis Vuitton in Europe; and a recital tour in South America. Also coming soon: the release of his debut studio recording on the Steinway label.

Speaking at a press conference after the Competition, Yunchan said, “I made up my mind that I will live my life only for the sake of music, and I decided that I will give up everything for music… I wanted my music to become deeper, and if that desire reached the audience, I’m satisfied.”

He is currently in his second year at the Korea National University of Arts, where he continues to study with Mr. Sohn.

 

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CONTACT/BOOKING

 

General Management
The Cliburn
Sandra Doan, sdoan@cliburn.org
817.738.6536

Europe and Australia
Keynote Artist Management
Daniel Rainey, daniel@keynoteartistmanagement.com
+44 (0) 7376 116 691

Asia
LIU KOTOW
Shannen Liu, shannen@liukotow.com
+49 511 47416545

Latin America
Halac Artists
Désirée Regina Halac, desiree.halac@gmail.com
+34 950 479 428

TOUR DATES

JULY

28 Aspen Music Festival and School; Aspen, CO

30 Salida Aspen Concerts; Salida, CO

AUGUST

1 International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival; Fort Collins, CO

10 Bach Collegium Musikum; Seoul, Korea

13 Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival; Duszniki-Zdrój, Poland

20 KBS Symphony Orchestra; Seoul, Korea

26 KBS Symphony Orchestra; Gwangju, Korea

27 Gyechon Village Classic Festival; Pyoungchang, Korea

SEPTEMBER

18 Steinway Society – The Bay Area; San Jose, CA

23–24 El Paso Symphony Orchestra; El Paso, TX

26 CU Presents; Boulder, CO

28–29 Cliburn Concerts; Fort Worth, TX

OCTOBER

5 One Korea Symphony; Seoul, Korea

6 Gwangju Philharmonic Orchestra; Gwangju, Korea

8 Gwangju Philharmonic Orchestra; Tongyoung, Korea

14 Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concerts; Fresno, CA

16 Lied Center of Kansas; Lawrence, KS

18 Performing Arts Houston; Houston, TX

20 Skyline Piano Series, Northwestern University Bienen School of Music; Evanston, IL

31 National Taichung Theatre; Taichung, Taiwan

NOVEMBER

3 National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts; Kaohsiung, Taiwan

4 National Concert Hall; Taipei, Taiwan

6 Victoria Hall; Singapore

11 Hong Kong University MUSE; Hong Kong

DECEMBER

10 Seoul Art Center; Seoul, South Korea

JANUARY

24 Lingotto Musica Giovani; Turin, Italy

26 & 28 Orchestra i Pomeriggi Musicali; Milan, Italy

31 Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti; Rome, Italy

APRIL

14 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; Scottsdale, AZ

16 Lied Center for the Performing Arts; Lincoln, NE

19 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with Anna Geniushene and Dmytro Choni; Bentonville, AR

21 Huntsville Chamber Music Guild; Huntsville, AL

23 La Jolla Music Society; La Jolla, CA