Dong Hyek Lim seems to have it all
His online fan club membership exceeds 400,000 people and his sold-out recitals start emptying out before curtains close as fans make an early exit to line up outside for his autograph. It's an unprecedented popularity for a classical musician here.
Lim seemed to break just about every stereotype of a classical musician. He doesn't live and breathe music 24 hours a day. In fact, he said he prefers not to talk about music in private situations and finds computer games more stimulating than the piano. Lim is a prime example of success stories that encourage aspiring classical musicians to flock overseas to master the art of classical music. He himself endorses foreign training. ``Classical music is after all a Western art. I think learning about the culture helps better understand it,'' he said.