Hee-Young Lim

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Hee-Young Lim (born 1987,[1] Seoul) is a South Korean classical cellist.[2]

Born to parents who are not musicians, Lim received her first cello as a gift from a friend of her mother. Lim entered Korean National University at age 15, as the youngest student ever to be accepted there.[2]

Lim moved to the United States to further her education at the New England Conservatory (NEC). Upon graduation from NEC, she continued studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where her teachers included Philippe Muller. She graduated from the Paris conservatory with ‘Highest Distinction’ (mention très bien à l’unanimité).[2] She also studied at the Hochschule für Musik 'Franz Liszt' Weimar, where she earned her Konzertexamen degree “mit auszeichnung” (summa cum laude).

In 2007, Lim made her North American recital debut at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.[1] Lim won first prize at the 2009 Washington International Competition for Strings. She was a Silver Medalist of the 2009 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition,[3] She won the Grand Prix at the Normandy International Forum (France), and won third prize at the Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw.[4]

In 2015, Lim became principal solo cellist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, appointed by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.[2] In September 2018, Lim relocated to Beijing, to take up her new appointment with the Beijing Central Conservatory, the first Korean cellist named to the Beijing faculty.[2][5][6]

Lim made her debut recording for Sony Classical, titled "French Cello Concertos", with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Scott Yoo.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ a b Stephen Brookes (2007-11-05). "Sweet Lyricism From Cellist Hee-Young Lim". Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  2. ^ a b c d e Wenrui, Li (17 Jan 2019). "Hee-Young Lim: An unexpected journey of a cellist". China Daily. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  3. ^ Lu, Catherine (23 June 2009). "The Front Row, Tuesday, 6/23/2009". Houston Public Media. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  4. ^ "The XV International Tchaikovsky Competition Hee Young Lim". Medici TV. 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Cellist Hee-Young Lim Appointed to Beijing Central Conservatory Teaching Faculty". The Violin Channel. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  6. ^ Lau, Alan Chong (7 May 2019). "June 6, 2018—Arts Etc". International Examiner. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  7. ^ Quantrill, Peter (23 April 2019). "Hee-Young Lim: French Cello Concertos". The Strad. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  8. ^ Gardner, Charlotte (April 2019). "Orchestral Reviews". No. April 2019. Gramophone. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  9. ^ Roger Nichols, "French Cello Concertos" (review). BBC Music Magazine, February 2019.

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