YUNCHAN LIM

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

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“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. 

Just 19 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. One critic noted: “The applause that followed was endless: a star had emerged before our eyes” (Seen and Heard International); The Economist hailed him for making “each note crystalline, purposeful and often startlingly beautiful;” and The New York Times listed it as one of the Top 10 Classical Music Performances of 2022. 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 over 10 million views in eight months. 

Invitations from the most prestigious concert halls and orchestras immediately followed: recent and upcoming highlights across North America, Europe, and Asia include concerto engagements with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras, and Orchestre de Paris; festival appearances at Aspen, Bravo! Vail, and Ravinia; and recitals for Carnegie Hall, Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Suntory Hall, and Seoul Arts Center, among other major stages. 

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 previously 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 participated in the recording of “2020 Young Musicians of Korea,” organized by the Korean Broadcasting System and released that November.   

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.” 

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TOUR DATES

JULY 2022

28 Aspen Music Festival and School; Aspen, CO

30 Salida Aspen Concerts; Salida, CO

AUGUST 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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 2022

Suntory Hall; Tokyo, Japan

10 Seoul Art Center; Seoul, South Korea

JANUARY 2023

18 Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom

24 Lingotto Musica Giovani; Turin, Italy

31 Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti; Rome, Italy

FEBRUARY 2023

2 Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

24  Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra; Tokyo, Japan

APRIL 2023

14 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; Scottsdale, AZ – CANCELED

16 Lied Center for the Performing Arts; Lincoln, NE– CANCELED

19 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Bentonville, AR– CANCELED

21 Huntsville Chamber Music Guild; Huntsville, AL– CANCELED

23 La Jolla Music Society; La Jolla, CA– CANCELED

MAY 2023

10–12 New York Philharmonic; New York, NY

July 2023

26 Bravo! Vail with New York Philharmonic and Marin Alsop; Vail, CO