South Korean pianist Yunchan Lim wins Cliburn Competition in 2022

Yunshan Liman 18-year-old South Korean pianist, who won an award 16th Van Cleburne International Piano Competition On June 18 in Fort Worth.

Second place went to Anna Jinyushin 31 years from Russia; The third place went to Dmitro Chunyi28, of Orkin.

As the first prize winner, Lim take home A gold medal, $100,000 in cash, international concert reservations and management for three years, and more. The second and third places come in with silver and bronze medals, cash prizes ($50,000 and $25,000, respectively), concert bookings, and more.

Cliburn Competition Jury Chair Marin Alsop announced June 18 onstage at the Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth. It came at the climax of a grueling 17-day, four-round competition held at TCU’s Van Cliburne Concert Hall and Bass Hall. The preliminary round started June 2 with 30 competitors. The stadium was reduced to 18 players in the quarter-finals, after that 12 semi-finalistsand then Six of the finalists who compete for gold.

Each finalist performed two concerts with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra The socket is conductive.

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Lim, who had superhuman strength during the competition, was the youngest contestant. He was praised for his ambitious programming, technical prowess, and astonishing execution. Critics especially praised his full performance for Liszt 12 Transcendental Studies in the semi-finals. (“Give him the gold now,” a fan can be heard saying in the hall.)

But it was his performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto on the penultimate night that brought the house down. Cliburn’s webcast presenter Elizabeth Joy Rowe described it as a once-in-a-lifetime performance that left her nearly speechless. She said in the webcast afterward, “It’s like he’s a magician, he can only conjure whatever he wants… He was filled with something divine tonight.”

Critic Wayne Lee Jay Wrote“We haven’t had such an exciting Cliburn moment since Olga Kern played the same business here in 2001.”

Similarly, the audience gave him the most enthusiastic applause at the competition, inviting him to return to the stage three times.

A native of Siheung, Lim studies at the Korea National University of the Arts and has performed with orchestras throughout South Korea. Coming to Fort Worth, he told Cliburn that he “looks forward to playing in front of the warmest and most enthusiastic audience in the world.”

Additional prizes
else Cliburn contest Prize winners are:

  • Audience Award Carla and Kelly Thompson ($2,500): Yunshan Lim – South Korea – 18
  • Beverley Taylor Smith Award for Best Performance in a New Work ($5,000): Yunshan Lim – South Korea – 18
  • Best Mozart Concerto Performance ($5,000): Ilya Schmockler from Russia 27
  • John Giordano Chairman of the Jury Appreciation Award ($5,000): Marcel Tadokoro (France / Japan) 28
  • Raymond E. Buck Jury Appreciation Award ($5,000): Chang Young-shin – South Korea – 28
  • Patricia and Neil Stephen Family Jury Merit Award ($5,000): Andrew Lee, United States, 22

The three finalists were without medals Clayton StevensonAnd the United States 23 Ilya SchmocklerRussia 27 and Uladzislaw KhandohiBelarus, 20.

Stephenson, the only American candidate to reach the finals, easily beat the Fort Worth crowd early in the competition, and is also remembered by many as the prize-winner of the inaugural Cliburn Junior Competition in 2015. His playing has been described as fun and full of charisma.

Ukrainian pianist Chunyi received a warm and generous response from audiences every time he took the stage, and naturally, he attracted media attention around the world. After performing the last concerto, a woman from the audience hurried to the stage with a bouquet of sunflowers.

In addition to receiving cash prizes, all Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal winners will receive a “comprehensive and personalized career management package, which includes three years of concert reservations, technical planning guidance, traditional and social media training, logistical support, tax and financial planning guidance, as well as to commercial recording versions and a full promotional package,” Cliburn says.

The jury that decided the winners consisted of Alsop, chair of the jury (US); Jean – Iflam Pavoisier (France); Alessio Pax (Italy); Rico Golda (Austria); Andreas Hefleger (Switzerland); Wu Han (Chinese Taiwan / US); Stephen Hogg (UK); Anne-Marie McDermott (USA); Orly Shaham (Israel/US); Lilia Zilberstein (Germany).

Of the 388 initial applicants for the 2022 competition, 70 were invited to screen exams in Fort Worth in March, and 30 were selected to compete in June.

The next competition sponsored by Cliburn will be 2022 Cliburn Amateur CompetitionOctober 12-18 in Fort Worth.