18 January 2023
By Ellie Palmer
Watch the full performance right here
John Dowland (1563-1626)
Pavana Lachrymae (arranged by William Byrd)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
15 Sinfonias BWV787-801
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
7 Bagatelles Op 33
15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat 'Eroica Variations' Op 35
Since winning the Gold Medal at the 2022 Van Cliburn Competition in Fort Worth at the age of 18, Korean pianist Yunchan Lim has been the talk of the piano world.
"Lim is a one-in-a-million talent," wrote the Dallas Morning News, while for jury chair Marin Alsop he is "that rare artist who brings profound musicality and prodigious technique organically together."
His performance at the Wigmore Hall on 18 January was part of his 2022-2023 Winners' Tour which takes him across four continents. Highlights include the Aspen Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society, and Performing Arts Houston in the United States; Seoul Arts Center, National Concert Hall in Taipei, and the KBS and Korean National Symphony Orchestras in Asia; Fondation Louis Vuitton in Europe; and a recital tour in South America. Also coming soon: the release of his debut studio recording on the Steinway label.
Pianist witnessed Yunchan Lim's incredible performance at The Cliburn Competition. You can read our full report on his famous win inside the Aug/Sep 2022 issue.
Main image: ©The Cliburn