Pianist Lim Dong-hyek / Courtesy of Credia

Lim Dong-hyek, one of Korea’s most acclaimed pianists, will take the stage with a program deeply rooted in Russian musical heritage in February, taking the audience on a journey through the heart of Russian pianism. The upcoming recitals, titled “Russianism,” are a tribute to the country that has significantly shaped Lim’s musical identity. “The Russian repertoire is like home to me,” Lim said, highlighting his deep connection and comfort with the music. Lim’s affinity with Russian music is not just professional but personal. Born in 1984 in Seoul and having moved to Russia at the age of 10 to study at the prestigious Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Lim has taken in the essence of Russian pianism, earning high praise from his mentors, including professor Lev Naumov, who described Lim as having “golden hands.” The centerpiece of the recital is Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 6 and No. 7, part of the composer’s famed “War” sonatas. These pieces, known for their intense emotional depth and reflection of wartime strife, hold a special place in Lim’s repertoire, having been featured in his performances at numerous competitions during his childhood. The second part of the program features Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 2, a piece that showcases the composer’s virtuosic brilliance. This selection particularly resonates with Lim, known for his exceptional interpretation of Rachmaninoff’s works, including the famous Piano Concerto No. 2.

With a reputation for masterful interpretations of Romantic composers like Chopin and Schubert, Lim’s upcoming recital will showcase his versatility and deep understanding of Russian music. Gaining early recognition, Lim won second prize at the International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in 1996. Lim continued to impress on the global stage, earning prizes at top classical music competitions such as the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the International Chopin Competitions and the International Tchaikovsky Competition .Celebrated pianist Martha Argerich, recognizing his extraordinary talent, supported his career, leading to major festivals and recordings with EMI Classics. His discography includes works from Bach and Rachmaninoff to Schubert. Currently based in Berlin, Germany, Lim has performed globally, collaborating with top orchestras and conductors including the NHK Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra led by Chung Myung-whun .The recitals are scheduled to be held at Seoul’s Lotte Concert Hall on Feb. 15, followed by performances at the Hyundai Arts 스포츠토토존 Center in Ulsan on Feb. 16 and the Busan Cultural Center on March 5.

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