19 October 2023
By Ellie Palmer
The 19-year-old will release his debut album on the label in Spring 2024
Main image: ©James Hole
19-year-old pianist Yunchan Lim has signed with record label Decca Classics.
The South Korean made history last year by becoming the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Texas. His Gold Medal win has propelled him to classical music stardom in the last year.
Yunchan Lim's final round performance at the 2022 Cliburn Piano Competition
From his captivating appearances at renowned stages including the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl, to his celebrated London debut at Wigmore Hall, he is a “one-in-a-million talent” (Dallas Morning News). The Wigmore Hall’s livestream of the sold-out recital has already been viewed more than 900,000 times.
Lim at The Wigmore Hall, 2022
Yunchan’s ascent in the world of classical music has been meteoric, and the young pianist is busier than ever, with his upcoming Carnegie Hall debut and performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris alongside label-mate Klaus Mäkelä, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Vasily Petrenko.
He comments, "I made up my mind that I will live my life only for the sake of music, and I decided that I will give up everything for music… I wanted my music to become deeper, and if that desire reached the audience, I'm satisfied."
He continues, "Decca has produced records with excellent sound quality, and has worked with numerous legendary musicians. It's a record label that one can truly appreciate as a musician.”
Lim is set to release his debut Decca album in Spring 2024.