Yunchan Lim became the youngest person ever to win gold at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in June 2022, when his performances showcased an elevated, magical authenticity that astounded people around the world. The depth of his artistry and intense connection to listeners also secured him the Audience Award and Best Performance of a New Work (for Stephen Hough’s Fanfare Toccata). At age 19, his ascent to international stardom has been meteoric. His final Cliburn Competition appearance — performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with Marin Alsop and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra — marked the defining moment of the three-week event; the video of that performance trended globally, reaching No. 24 on YouTube within days and since becoming the platform’s most-watched version of that piece, amassing more than 5.5 million views in just one month. It also secured him a place in The New York Times “Best Classical Music Performances of 2022.”
Yunchan Lim has performed across his native South Korea, including with the Korean Orchestra Festival, Korea Symphony, Suwon Philharmonic, and Busan Philharmonic Orchestras, among others, and he appeared in Madrid, at the invitation of the Korea Cultural Center in Spain. His 2022–23 inaugural tour as Cliburn winner takes him across three continents, with highlights including the Aspen Music Festival and New York Philharmonic in the United States; London’s Wigmore Hall and Paris’s Fondation Louis Vuitton in Europe; and Seoul Arts Center, National Concert Hall in Taipei, and the KBS and Korean National Symphony Orchestras in Asia.