DONG HYEK LIM
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BIOGRAFIE

 
BIOGRAPHY

 Acclaimed  by  audiences,  critics  and  fellow  musicians,  Dong  Hyek  Lim  is  regarded  as  one  of  the  finest  pianists  of  his  generation.  He  was  born  in  1984  in  Seoul,  South  Korea.  After  early  studies  at  the  National  Conservatory  in  his  native  country,  he  moved  to  Russia  at  age  ten  to  become  a  pupil  at  the  Moscow  Central  Music  School.  He  graduated  in  1998  and  continued  studies  at  the  Moscow  State  Tchaikovsky  Conservatory  with  Professor  Lev  Naumov.  Lim  also  studied  in  Germany  with  Arie  Vardi  at  the  Hochschule  fur  Musik  in  Hannover  and  in  the  States  with  Emanuel  Ax  at  the  Juilliard  School.  

 Lim’s  performances  at  the  Small  and  Great  Halls  of  the  Moscow  State  Conservatory,  Salle  Pleyel  and  Salle  Cortot  in  Paris,  the  Lazienski  Palace  in  Warsaw,  the  Konzerthaus  in  Berlin  and  with  Martha  Argerich  at  the  Philharmonic  Hall  in  Beppu,  Japan,  have  won  great  acclaim.  Also,  Lim  has  appeared  in  many  renowned  festivals,  including  Verbier  in  Switzerland,  Klavier-Festival  Ruhr  in  Germany,  the  57th  International  Chopin  Festival  in  Poland,  La  Roque  d’Antheron,  Montpellier  Radio  France  and  Piano  aux  Jacobins  Festivals  in  France.  He  has  performed  with  world’s  major  orchestra  such  as  NHK  Symphony  Orchestra,  Orchestre  Philharmonique  de  Radio  France,  St.  Petersburg  Philharmonic  Orchestra,  New  Japan  Philharmonic  under  conductors  Charles  Dutoit,  Myung-Whun  Chung,  Yuri  Temirkanov.    In  May  2001,  Lim  became  the  youngest  pianist  ever  to  sign  a  recording  contract  with  EMI  Classics  and  received  the  Diapason  d'or  award  in  France  for  his  debut  album  of  Chopin,  Schubert,  and  Ravel  under  the  "Martha  Argerich  Presents"  series,  released  in  June  2002.  His  second  recording  with  EMI,  featuring  Chopin's  B  minor  Sonata  and  other  minor  works  was  awarded  the  Choc  Prize  by  Le  Monde  de  la  Musique.  .  In  2008,  Lim  released  his  third  album,  playing  Goldberg  Variations  by  J.S  Bach,  and  his  most  recent  recording  of  Chopin  the  complete  prelude  on  Warner  has  been  met  with  critical  acclaim  such  as  Gramophone  and  BBC  Magazine.    

 Lim  has  won  top  prizes  at  various  competitions.  In  September  1996,  he  captured  international  attention  by  winning  the  second  prize  at  the  Chopin  Competition  for  Young  Pianists  in  Moscow  as  the  youngest  participant  of  that  year  (his  elder  brother  Dong-Min  Lim  tied  for  the  first  prize).  In  2000,  Lim  took  the  fifth  prize  at  the  International  Busoni  Piano  Competition  in  Italy,  which  later  became  known  as  'Busoni  Shock'  (the  entire  juries  were  replaced  for  the  next  year's  competition).  He  went  on  to  win  the  second  prize  at  the  Hamamatsu  International  Piano  Competition  in  Japan  later  that  year.  In  December  2001,  not  only  did  he  become  the  youngest  winner  of  the  Premier  Grand  Prix  in  the  history  of  the  Marguerite  Long-Jacques  Thibaud  International  Piano  Competition  in  Paris,  but  also  he  won  five  other  special  awards.  In  October  2005,  Lim  participated  in  the  15th  International  Frederick  Chopin  Piano  Competition  in  Warsaw  and,  for  the  first  time  in  the  history  of  Korea,  took  the  third  prize;  tied  with  his  elder  brother  Dong-Min  Lim  (no  second  prize  was  awarded).  In  June  2007,  Lim  participated  in  the  13th  International  Tchaikovsky  Competition  in  Moscow,  shared  fourth  prize  with  Sergei  Sobolev  (no  first  prize  was  awarded).    

 In  2015,  Lim  released  his  recording  of    with  Warner  Music  International.  In  the  upcoming  2018/19  Season,  Lim  is  scheduled  to  have  his  first  duo  concert  and  release  a  recording  with  Martha  Argerich,  BBC  Symphony  Orchestra.  He  will  also  be  performing  with  Conductor  Fabio  Luisi  and  playing  a  trio  with  Mischa  Maisky.    

HISTORY

    
 EDUCATION

        2007-2009: The Juilliard School, New York, NY, USA
        Artist Diploma in Piano Performance

        2004-2007: The Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, Hannover, Germany
        Solist Diploma in Piano Performance

        1994-2004: Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, Russia
        Concert Diploma in Piano Performance

AWARDS / DISTINCTION

  • 2016: BBC music Magazine recording of the month Instrumental. Chopin 24 preludes

  • 2016: Gramophone Editor's choice  Chopin 24 preludes

  • 2004: Winner of “Choc” prize, received from Le Monde de la Musiquee for the CD recording featuring works by Chopin Sonata No.3 in  B minor, Op.58 and others

  • 2002: Winner of “Diapason d’Or”, received from the series of Martha Argerich Presents CD recording featuring works by Schubert, Chopin, and Ravel

COMPETITION 

  • 4th prize; 13th International Tchaikovsky Competition, Moscow, Russia 2007

  • 3rd prize; 15th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition, Warsaw, Poland 2005

  • 1st prize ( the youngest winner of the Premier Grand Prix in the history of the competition ); the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition, Paris, France 2001

  • 2nd prize; The Hamamatsu International Competition, Tokyo, Japan 2000

  • 5th prize; The International Busoni Piano Competition, Italy 2000

  • 2nd prize; The International Chopin Competition for Young Piansits, Moscow, Russia 1996

PERFORMING HIGHLIGHT I-SOLO RECITALS 

  • Great Halls of the Moscow State Conservatory, Moscow, Russia

  • Wigmore Hall, London, England

  • Salle Gaveau, Paris, France

  • Philharmonic hall, Warsaw, Ploand

  • Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles, USA

  • Konzert Hall, Berlin, Germany

  • Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussel, Belgium

  • Tonhalle Hall, Zurich, Switzerland

  • National Concert Hall, Taipei

  • Symphony Hall of the Auditorio national de la Musica, Madrid, Spain

  • Osaka Philharmonic Hall / Tokyo Opera City Concert hall, Japan

  • Lincoln Center, New York, USA Verbier Festival, Switzerland

  • Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Germany

  • The Chopin festival, Poland

  • La Roque d’Antheron / Montpellier Radio France / Piano aux Jacobins Festival, France

  • Martha Argerich Festivals, Lugano in Switzerland and in Beppu in Japan

  PERFORMING HIGHLIGHT II-ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCES

  • NHK Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit

  • St. Petersburg Philharmonic, conducted by Yuri Temirkanov

  • National France Orchestra, conducted by Kurt Masur

  • Radio France Philharmonic, conducted by Lawrence Foster and Myung-whun Chung

  • Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Antoni Wit

  • The Orchestra de Belgium, conducted by Alexander Dmitriev

  • Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Claus Peter Flor

  • Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dan Ettinger

  • BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jiri Belohlavek

  • European Union Youth Orchestra, conducted by Vladamir Ashkenazy

  • Moscow Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, etc

 CD RELEASES

  • Warner classics Chopin 24 preludes Barcarolle 2015

  • EMI Classics, J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Chaconne, arranged by Busoni 2008

  • EMI Classics Chopin Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58 and others 2004

  • EMI Classics, works by Schubert, Chopin, and Ravel / Martha Argerich Presentation 2002

 

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CONCERTS

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DISCOGRAPHY

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