Dong Hyek Lim Piano Recital

Pianist Dong Hyek Lim holds his recital at the Concert Hall of Seoul Arts Center on March 7, 2018. Since his first recital in Seoul Arts Center in 2004, he continuously has been on the stage every 2 years. Tickets for his Seoul recitals have been always sold out.

Lim performs an all-Schubert program. He will play 4 Impromptus D. 935 which have poetic inspirations of the composer for the first half of the concert, while Piano Sonata No.21 D. 960 which is thought as a farewell to the world will be performed for the second half.


* The program is subject to change without prior notice

Dong-Hyek Lim started studying piano at the National Korean Conservatory, at the age of 10 he began attending the Moscow Central School of Music (graduated in 1998). He studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Lev Naumow, at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Hannover with Arie Vardi and at the Julliard School with Emanuel Ax.

He has received top awards at various competitions. In 1996, he captured international attention by winning the 2nd prize at the Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Moscow as the youngest participant of that year. In 2000, Lim took the 5th prize at the International Busoni Piano Competition in Italy. He went on to win the 2nd prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan later that year. In 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. The controversial 3rd place in Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels happened in 2003. Lim was not content with the judgement made by the judges therefore he decided to reject it. Thus this 3rd place became 'unawarded' for the first time ever since this competition was set up from 1938. In October 2005, Lim participated in the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and for the first time in the history of Korea, took the 3rd prize, tied with his elder brother Dong-Min Lim (no 2nd prize was awarded). In 2007, He participated in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, shared 4thprize with Sergei Sobolev.

Press Review

¡°The most deeply gifted young musician we have heard for a long time, full of maturity, commanding absolute authority, and at the same time with an elegance which one can only find amongst the chosen ¡¦ an extraordinary talent.¡±- Diaposon (Paris)

¡°A quality of radiance that betokens real music making. Poetry and virtuosity seem in balance; each performance manifests flow and sweep ¡¦ I soon stopped making comparisons with past ¡®greats¡¯ and succumbed to the beauty, ease and naturalness of the playing.¡± - BBC Music Magazine