HJ Lim


HJ Lim

HJ Lim is a South Korean-born classical pianist.

Life and Music

  • HJ began her musical studies at the age of three under Jong-Sun Kim and her prodigious talent was quickly recognised. Aged twelve, HJ 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. Five months later she graduated from the Conservatoire National Région de Compiègne with First Prize and highest distinction in the class of Marc Hoppeler.
  • In 2003 HJ Lim commenced her studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris under Henri Barda and three years later she graduated with First Prize and obtained the "Diplôme de Formation Supérieur", again, with highest distinctions. While there she studied conducting and was chosen to direct the Orchestre des Lauréats in works including Handel’s Alcina, Schoenberg’s Kammersymphonie, Haydn’s Symphony No. 44 and Britten’s Les Illuminations.
  • In November 2009, HJ exploded onto the international music scene when a recital at the Stadtcasino Basel, which included Rachmaninov’s complete Etudes-Tableaux and Chopin’s complete Etudes, was uploaded to YouTube. The unprecedented online traffic captured the imagination of the industry and audiences around the world.
  • In August 2010, HJ performed the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas over eight consecutive days in Paris and one year later she went on to record the complete cycle for EMI Classics with whom she now records exclusively.

Did you know?
At fifteen, HJ became the youngest ever person to obtain the "Diplôme d'Etudes Musicales Complètes" of Normandy in France.

'Moonlight' Sonata: I. Adagio sostenuto