Yunchan Lim, piano

A co-presentation with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Yunchan Lim, piano
Sunday, April 27, 2025 / 4:00 p.m.
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Yunchan Lim is a classical pianist sensation, growing to global stardom after becoming the youngest person to ever win gold at the 2022 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at the age of 18. “A one-in-a-million talent” (Dallas Morning News), Lim’s performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 during the competition went viral and the New York Times listed it as one of the Top 10 Classical Music Performances of 2022. Lim has showcased his technical prowess and undeniable passion in successful orchestral debuts across the U.S. and abroad while continuing his studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

Program Details

Bach – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

“Lim’s performances were unaffected models of clarity and articulation.”

The Guardian
Yunchan Lim
Yunchan Lim
June 11, 2022. Yunchan Lim from South Korea performs a Mozart Concerto with conductor Nicholas McGegan and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in the Semifinal round in the Sixteenth Cliburn International Piano Competition in Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ralph Lauer)

Note from the Artist

“A huge universe of pianists have played this repertoire, and I have always wanted to become a fundamental musician like them, so I decided to follow their route. The etudes contain a range of expression that encompasses the groans of the earth, the regrets of elderly people, and love letters, and I could feel the freedom of longing within them. Even when I was not practicing them, their songs were still maturing in my mind.” – Yunchan Lim

Yunchan Lim

“Lim’s virtuosity [is] most dazzling, yet as always deployed so as to highlight the idiosyncratic exuberance of the music.”

– London’s Evening Standard

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