Yunchan Lim performs Bach, Beethoven, and John Dowland

New Generation Piano Recital at the Fondation Louis Vuitton

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Yunchan Lim — Pianist

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At the end of two grueling weeks of the 2022 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the final pianist standing was the only one who would have been too young to compete if the event had been held in 2021 as planned: Yunchan Lim of South Korea, just 18 years of age and possessed of a flabbergasting technical command and a preternaturally mature artistic sensibility. His confident and note-perfect readings of notoriously difficult repertoire culminated in a performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 that moved even conductor Marin Alsop to tears, winning him top honors—as well as the Audience Prize presented by—and an instant international reputation as one of the finest pianists alive.

Venues on his first worldwide tour have sold out quickly as piano fans clamor to see the prodigious Lim. His Wigmore Hall debut in January 2023 was rapturously received, with a five-star review in The Times praising his "extraordinary imagination and technique," the "subtle metrical flexibility" of his Bach, and his "volcanic" and "superbly cogent" Beethoven. In Paris, the young dynamo makes a stop at the prestigious Fondation Louis Vuitton to perform a unique and beautifully chosen program beginning all the way back in the Renaissance with John Dowland's Pavane Lachrimae, continuing through the Baroque era with 15 Sinfonias by J.S. Bach, and concluding with two of Beethoven's lesser known piano masterpieces: the expressive and sparkling 7 Bagatelles of Op. 33, and the monumental Eroica Variations. Don't pass on this chance to hear one of the most exciting new voices on the classical music stage!

Photo © Ralph Lauer

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