Highly acclaimed by both audiences and musical critics, HJ Lim is celebrated for her “invigorating playing that forces to listen as if for the very first time, rediscovering everything that is great about it” (Telegraph), “with invention as much as with respect” (BBC Music), as well as for her “intellectual analysis and emotional engagement that results in fresh and vigorous interpretations” (N.Y. Times), “imaginative and visionary playing” (Tribune de Genève), and her “powerful, charismatic and captivating presence on stage” (International Record Review).
In 2010, HJ Lim decided to encompass the complete Beethoven piano sonatas in live concerts, performed in Paris in August 2010, in eight consecutive days. This extraordinary decision created a sensation in the classical music world.
One year later, HJ Lim recorded the complete cycle for EMI Classics and published the complete Beethoven piano sonatas divided into eight themes, accompanied by her own essay with a powerful new insight on Beethoven sonatas. This made her (at the age of 24) the youngest-ever pianist to record the Beethoven complete sonatas (a pinnacle of the solo piano repertoire), first-ever and the only classical pianist to debut in 2012 at number 1 on Billboard Classical Overall Chart and Classical iTunes Charts in the USA and Canada, and now around the world. Her next Ravel/Scriabin recording will soon be released by EMI Classics.
HJ Lim’s appearances with orchestras include a South American tour with the Hamburg-NDR Symphony Orchestra at Teatro Colon and at Sala Sao Paolo, all Rachmaninov concertos with Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, performances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Symphoniker, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra at Zurich Tonhalle, Sinfonica, Heliopolis, Hofer Symphoniker, Moscow Virtuosi chamber orchestra and Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra.
HJ Lim performed recitals in international celebrated venues, including the Wigmore Hall, Victoria Hall, Sala Verdi in Milano, Stadtcasino in Basel, Sala Cecilia Meireles, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Palais Royal in Paris and performances at Chester Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Menton Festival, Annecy Classic Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Gilmore Keyboard Festival and Beethoven Festival of Chicago. In summer 2013, she will return to her native country to perform at Seoul Arts Center, then the integral of Beethoven’s pianos sonatas in eight concerts at the Asahi Hall in Tokyo.
HJ Lim began her musical studies at the age of three under Jong-Sun Kim. Aged twelve, Lim decided of her own accord to relocate to France, where she immersed herself in the musical world of the composers who had shaped her early years. After becoming the youngest ever person to obtain the Diplôme d’Etudes Musicales Complètes of Normandy Conservatory in France at age fifteen, HJ Lim graduated with First Prize and obtained the Diplôme de Formation Supérieure, with highest distinctions in the class of Henri Barda of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.
Her second album Ravel & Scriabin at EMI Classics will be released in 2013. HJ Lim records exclusively for EMI Classics on Yamaha’s Flagship CFX concert grand pianos.