16th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Winner's Concert
SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2022
VICTORIA CONCERT HALL
Altenburg Arts is excited to present South Korean pianist Yunchan Lim, gold medallist at the 16th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition this year. At 18 years of age, Lim is the youngest ever winner of the gold medal.
For his winner’s concert in Singapore – and his Singapore debut – Lim will bring a varied selection of Romantic masterpieces by Brahms, Mendelssohn and Liszt, ranging from the serene and lyrical, to the darkly confessional, to the brilliant, culminating in the sizzling diablerie and grandeur in Gothic proportions of Liszt’s Dante Sonata.
“It has been inspiring to witness a talent of Yunchan’s magnitude… His spectacular performance of Rachmaninov's third piano concerto showed that even at the age of 18 he already exhibits exceptional depth and dazzling technique.” (Marin Alsop, renowned conductor)
BRAHMS – 4 Ballades, Op. 10
MENDELSSOHN - Fantasie in F-sharp minor, Op. 28
Two Legends, S. 175:
No. 1 - St. Francis of Assisi's sermon to the birds
No. 2 - St. Francis of Paola walking on the waves
Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia Quasi Sonata, from Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161
(Programme subject to change at the artist's discretion)
YUNCHAN LIM, piano
In June 2022, Yunchan Lim became the youngest person ever to win gold at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; his performances throughout showcased a “magical ability” and a “natural, instinctive quality” (La Scena) that astounded listeners around the world.
Just 18 years old, Yunchan’s ascent to international stardom has been meteoric. His audacious Cliburn Semifinal Round performance of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes “created a buzz throughout the international piano community” – his “intelligent virtuosity and total immersion into Liszt’s idiom truly defined transcendental” (Gramophone). And his final Cliburn Competition appearance with Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 delivered the defining moment of the three-week event; as one critic noted: “The applause that followed was endless: a star had emerged before our eyes” (Seen and Heard International).
Born in Siheung, Korea, Yunchan Lim began piano lessons at age. He entered the Music Academy of the Seoul Arts Center the next year and quickly became immersed in his musical studies. He auditioned for and was accepted into the Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts at age 13, where he met his teacher and mentor, Minsoo Sohn. Yunchan entered the international music stage a year later, in 2018, winning second prize and the Chopin Special Award in his first-ever competition, the Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists. Also that year, he stood out as the youngest participant in the Cooper International Competition, where he won both third prize and the audience prize, and was provided the opportunity to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra. The next year, 2019, brought more accolades, when, at the age of 15, he was the youngest to win Korea’s IsangYun International Competition, also taking home two special prizes.
Yunchan has since performed across South Korea – including with the Korean Orchestra Festival, Korea Symphony, Suwon Philharmonic, and Busan Philharmonic Orchestras, among others – as well as in Madrid, at the invitation of the Korea Cultural Center in Spain. He also participated in the recording of “2020 Young Musicians of Korea,” organized by the Korean Broadcasting System and released that November. His 2022–2023 inaugural tour as Cliburn winner will take him across four continents. Also coming soon: the release of his debut studio recording on the Steinway label.
Speaking at a press conference after the Competition, Yunchan said, “I made up my mind that I will live my life only for the sake of music, and I decided that I will give up everything for music… I wanted my music to become deeper, and if that desire reached the audience, I’m satisfied.”
He is currently in his second year at the Korea National University of Arts, where he continues to study with Mr. Sohn.