Dr. Pianist Claire-Chung Lim is a prominent musician experienced in solo and, more recently, collaborative music. Dr. Lim has enjoyed great success at many renowned piano competitions, winning 1st place playing solo at the Brahms Piano Competition and the Japan Chopin Piano Competition.
Recently she was invited to 2016 Tanglewood Music Festival as a Pianist fellow, and won the 2015 American Prize Competition and the 2014 Sion International Duo Competition “Feast of Duos”. Her numerous accomplishments have been featured several times in the Strad Magazine, Boston Globe and the Korean-American Newspaper.
Claire also gave a broadcasted performance on Suisse-Espace 2, a radio television station based in Switzerland and WCRB, Boston Classical Music channel. The recordings include her live performance as soloist with the Orchestra de Chambre de Lithuanie in Sion, Switzerland and the solo piano performance of Messiaen in Jordan Hall.
She was honored by Kumho Cultural Foundation for performing at a number of recitals at Kumho Art Hall in South Korea. While studying in the U.S., Ms. Lim has performed all across North America, from Carnegie Hall in New York to Banff Music Center in Alberta, Canada.
Dr. Lim earned her doctoral degree in Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music at Boston University, where she attended with a full scholarship, in the studio of Shiela Kibbe. Previously, Dr. Lim graduated from Seoul National University where she attended with a full scholarship and received a bachelor degree in Solo Piano Performance in 2007, graduating at the top of her class with summa cum laude. While there, Dr. Lim was selected to participate in the seven-day-long Leon Fleisher Master Class Program, where Mr. Fleisher praised Dr. Lim's “superb ability to understand and interpret music” and remarked that her play “touches the hearts of those who listen.”
Dr. Lim is also a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, where she received dual master degrees in Solo Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano in 2009 and 2010, respectively, with honors. Here, Dr. Lim was again commended by world class pianists Irma Vallecillo and Jonathan Feldman for possessing “excellent sight-reading skill” and “virtuosic finger technique.”
As a member of Duo Davvero, a team she formed in 2014 with violinist Hyun Jung Kim, Dr. Lim has devoted much of her late career to collaborative music. Following her successful debut as a chamber musician at Sion International Duo Competition in Switzerland, Ms. Lim was invited to participate in Académie de Musique Lausanne Violin-Piano Duo Masterclass by Maerstro Pierre Amoyal and Maestro Robert Levin in Lausanne, Switzerland, where her team won the Best Duo Performance prize. The duo’s concert was subsequently broadcast on Suisse-Espace 2, a radio-television station in Switzerland.
Aside from Duo Davvero, Dr. Lim has collaborated with many great artists at numerous world renowned venues, including, among others, Jordan Hall, Carnegie Hall, Griffin Auditorium, Harvard University, Tufts University, Princeton University, Boston University, New England Conservatory, University of Vermont, Elmira College, Banff Centre (Canada), Laussane Academie(Switzerland), Prague Conservatory (Czech), and Shanghai Conservatory (China). Dr. Lim also collaborates regularly with the New England Conservatory teaching studios of Paul Katz, Natasha Brofsky, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried and Laurence Lesser, appearing in many concerts throughout New England with repertoire such as the complete Beethoven cello sonatas and the violin, viola and cello sonatas of Johannes Brahms.
Throughout her career, Dr. Lim has served as a collaborative pianist and associate faculty at, among others, Killington Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, Banff Centre, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and Music Academy of the West. Dr. Lim has received trainings from many renowned pianists, including Vivian Weilerstein, Bruce Brubaker, and Hung-Kuan Chen.
She is now serving a staff and faculty position at both New England Conservatory and New England Conservatory Preparatory School.