Born in Seoul, Hee-Young Lim entered the Korean National University at age 15 and later moved to the United States to attend the New England Conservatory of Music. Upon graduation, she went on to study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where she graduated with “Highest Distinction.” She also graduated Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” Weimar, where she earned her Konzertexamen degree “mit auszeichnung” (summa cum laude). Currently, she serves as a Professor of Cello at the Beijing Central Conservatory.

Hee-Young Lim

Hee-Young was appointed as the Principal Solo Cellist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin and was one of the first female Asian cellists to lead a section in a major European orchestra.

As a soloist, she has performed with orchestras and ensembles all over the world, including the Deutsche Berlin Chamber Orchestra, the Budapest Radio Philharmonic, the Warsaw National Philharmonic, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the KBS Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the Baden-Baden Philharmonie, the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, the Bandung Philharmonic, the Korean Chamber Orchestra, the Incheon Symphony Orchestra, the Ningbo Symphony and the Zagreb Soloists. 

Hee-Young Lim

In the 2019-2020 season, she will appear at the Tong Yeong International Music Festival, the Zagreb Soloists, Jakarta Symphony and with orchestras in China and Korea, including the Korean Symphony, Suwon Philharmonic, Daegu, Kwangju, Gangnam, Beijing Symphony and Wuhan Symphony.

Her debut recording, entitled French Cello Concertos, with the London Symphony Orchestra, was released on the Sony Classical label. Gramophone Magazine said she “brings an exceptionally refined, silkily lyrical sound to the whole,” and the Washington Post found her “a deeply gifted musician, with a full, singing tone, near-flawless technique and a natural lyricism that infused nearly every note she played.” Her second album will focus on Russian Cello Sonatas and is expected to be released in 2019.

Every now and then Stay Thirsty finds an artist as talented and as promising as Hee-Young Lim. Her ability, drive and maturity shine in every way and Stay Thirsty Magazine is proud to name her as a 2019 SPOTLIGHT ARTIST.

The following video of recording her first album at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London with the London Symphony Orchestra tells it all.

Hee-Young Lim and the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios


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