Dong Hyek Lim Biography

Dong Hyek Lim was born in Seoul in 1984 and began his musical training at the National Korean Conservatory. At the age of 10 he moved to Russia as the youngest-ever student to attend the Moscow Conservatory, where his teacher was Lev Naumov (a pupil of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus). Lim later moved to Germany to study at Hannover’s Hochschule für Musik with Arie Vardi. At the age of 15, he became the youngest-ever winner of the Premier Grand Prix at the Concours Long-Thibaud-Crespin. He was also a prize-winner at the Concorso Busoni (2000), the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2001), International Chopin Competition (2005), and the International Tchaikovsky Competition (2007). Since then, Lim has continued to study - notably with Emmanuel Ax at the Juilliard School in New York - and he himself recognizes that he has reached new levels of maturity. Dong Hyek Lim has performed at many of the world’s great concert halls, including Lincoln Center in New York, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Small and Great Halls of the Moscow State Conservatory, the £azienki Palace in Warsaw, the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, and Suntory Hall and the Osaka Philharmonic Hall in Japan. He has made festival appearances at Verbier, the Chopin Festival, the Ruhr Piano Festival, La Roque d'Anthéron, Montpellier Radio France, the Jacobins Festival (Toulouse) and at Martha Argerich’s festivals in Lugano and Beppu (Japan).

In 2015, Lim released his recording with Warner Music International. In 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.


  • 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 extraordinary talent. 

    Diapason (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

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