“Technical mastery, generous tone and a captivating performance.”

The Strad


Praised by the Washington Post as “a deeply gifted musician, with a full, singing tone, near- flawless technique and a natural lyricism that infused nearly every note she played,” cellist Hee- Young Lim has quickly established herself as one of the most charismatic and fast-rising cellists of her generation.

Born in Seoul, she was accepted to the Pre-College division of Korean National University of Arts and Yewon Arts School, winning prizes for Excellence in Music and the Most Distinguished Alumni Award. She entered the Korean National University at age 15, as the youngest student ever to be accepted. She moved to the United States to further her education at the New England Conservatory. Upon graduation at NEC, she went on to study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, studying with Philippe Muller, where she graduated with ‘Highest Distinction’ (‘mention très bien à l’unanimité’). She is also a graduate of Hochschule für Musik ‘Franz Liszt’ Weimar, where she earned her Konzertexamen degree “mit auszeichnung” (summa cum laude).

In the slow movement, Grave, [Lim] is spellbinding, the lightness of the first movement here taken over by deeper reflection; her playing of the final bars is very moving. The romp-like Finale (Joyeux) goes well, with the LSO on good form throughout, and the two ‘encores’ are so well-played they ought to not be regarded as fillers. 

Classical Source

Hee-Young was appointed as the Principal Solo Cellist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, after an extended (four-year) search to fill this position. She was one of the first female Asian cellists ever lead a section in a major European orchestra. Teaching has been a very significant aspect of Hee-Young’s career. She has given master classes at Seoul’s Ewha University, Rotterdam Conservatory, Paris Reuil-Malmaison Conservatoire, and Jakarta University, among others. Currently she serves as a Professor of Cello at the Beijing Central Conservatory.

In-demand as a soloist, she has in recent years performed with distinguished ensembles 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, Zagreb Soloists and many others.


“Exceptional sense of lyricism, an artist to keep an eye on.”

Washington Post


Hee-Young has been a featured guest artist on the Korean Radio Broadcasting station, WETA, WFMT, KUHF, RTKK, and Polski radio.

As an enthusiast advocate of contemporary music, Hee-Young is privileged to champion the work of today’s composers. Most recently, Columbia University in New York commissioned her to give the European premiere of Peter Susser’s Cello Suite in Paris.  19/20 season, she will appear at the Tong Yeong International Music Festival, soloist with the Zagreb Soloists, Jakarta Symphony, Orchestras in China and Korea including Korean Symphony, Suwon Philharmonic, Daegu, Kwangju, Gangnam, Beijing Symphony and Wuhan Symphony, Complete the Bach Suite Cycle, Duo récital with cellist Philippe Muller in Beijing, teaching at the Vienna Summer Academy and Galicia Music Festival in Spain and serve as a jury at the IBLA International Competition in Italy.

In the highly melodic opening movement Lim produces a joyously lyrical mood. Exquisite in the middle movement is the profound weeping quality [she] develops. Celebratory and passionate at turns in the Finale Lim revels in the bittersweet drama.

Michael Cookson reviews French Cello Concertos

MusicWeb International

Her debut recording with the London Symphony Orchestra for the Sony Classical in November 2018 has received critical acclaim from Gramophone, Strad and BBC Music Magazine. Her second recording of Russian Cello Sonatas is expected to be released in 2019.


“A remarkable cellist who has flawless technique and unique sound “
“Hee-Young Lim is certainly one of the best cellists of recent years and appears as a safe bet of the rising generation”

Philippe Muller



As debut solo albums go, the Korean cellist Hee-Young Lim’s Abbey Road-recorded programme of French cello concertos – with the LSO under Scott Yoo – is certainly at the upper end of the assuredness spectrum. Lim brings an exceptionally refined, silkily lyrical sound to the whole. In fact her very first Saint Saëns entry verily glides in while also still indisputably meeting the score’s marcato markings…a gentle and sophisticated reading which by turns takes its time and pushes things on in all the right places, supported by a softly glowing orchestra.

Charlotte Gardner

Gramaphone Magazine

If Hee-Young Lim’s virtuosity places her on a level with several of her fellow cellists, she outshines many in the warmth and expressiveness of her tone, which is of truly rare beauty.

BBC Music Magazine

Unforced lyricism is the key signature of this attractive French recital from a young Korean cellist. She draws a beautifully rounded speaking tone from her 1714 Guarneri ‘filius Andreae’, consistent right across the registers. The finales are littered with octaves and heavy double-stopping that she integrates seamlessly within a cantabile that’s never louder than lovely.

Peter Quantrill

The Strad



Oct19, 2019

Jakarta Aula Simfonia Jakarta Hall

Dvorak Cello Concerto
Jakarta Symphony Orchestra

Oct. 25 & Nov. 29

La Plantation hall, Beijing

Bach Cello Suite Cycle

Nov. 03-08, 2019

Central Conservatory Modern Music Festival

Premiere of Qin Wenchen’s cello piece

Nov. 16, 2019

Incheon Symphony Orchestra

Haydn Concerto in C Major
Christopher Lee, Conductor

Nov. 19, 2019

Yonsei University, Wonju Campus

Debussy Cello Sonata
Bach Suite No.2
Saint-Saëns Allegro Appassionato 
Ravel Pièce en forme de Habanera
Franck Sonata

Ilya Rashkovskiy , Piano

Dec. 06, 2019

Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, CHINA

Lalo Cello Concerto
Beijing Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 06, 2019

Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, CHINA

Lalo Cello Concerto
Beijing Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 23, 2019

Recital in Guangzhou

Bach, Beethoven Sonata No.5, Rachmaninov
Piano Huang MengMeng

Jan. 10-20, 2020

Zhuhai International String Festival,  Zhuhai, CHINA

Bach 6 Cello Suites Complete Recital, Piano trio concert, Duo concert
Also, masterclass, jury in the competition

Jan. 27- Feb. 1, 2020


Yeosu Music festival


Cello faculty, Chamber music, Vivaldi Concerto for two celli

Qian Zhou, violin

Ophelie Gaillard, cello

Feb. 4-10, 2020


Euro Arts Jeju Festival Academy, Korea

March 20, 2020


Shanghai Conservatory of Music Recital and Masterclass

March 28, 2020

Séoul Arts Center IBK Chamber Hall

Recital , Korean recital tour



September 17

Central Conservatory of Music Opera Hall
Works by Cassado for Cello and Piano
Piano Liang Chuhui

Oct 11

Guangzhou Conservatory of Music, Xinghai Concert Hall, Guangzhou, CHINA
Brahms Clarinet Trio, Bach Cello Suite
Guest Professor Masterclass


French Cello Concertos

London Symphony Orchestra


Cras:Quintette, Suite en duo&2 Impromptus

Jean Cras
Marcos Fregnani-Martins



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C.P.E BACH Cello Concerto in A major H. 439
BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto in C Major Op. 56
BERNSTEIN 3 Meditations
BLOCH Schelomo
BOCCHERINI Concerto in B-flat Major (Grützmacher) *
BRAHMS Double Concerto in A minor Op. 102*
BRUCH Kol Nidrei Op. 47*
DUTILLEUX “Tout un Monde Lointain”
DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto in B minor Op. 104, B. 191 *
DVOŘÁK Rondo in G major Op. 94 *
DVOŘÁK Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra Op. 68, No. 5
ELGAR Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85*
FAURÉ Élégie Op. 24*
FRANCAIX Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra
GLAZOUNOV “Chant du Ménestrel” Op.71
HAYDN Cello Concerto in C Major Hob. VIIb 1*
HAYDN Cello Concerto in D Major Hob. 7b 2*
HAYDN Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat Major
HINDEMITH Trauermusik
HONEGGER Cello Concerto
KABALEWSKI Cello Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 49
LALO Cello Concerto in D minor
MASSENET Élégie from Les Erinnyes, Méditation from Thaïs, Fantasia for Cello and Orchestra
MIKLOS Cello Concerto Op. 32
MILHAUD Concerto No.1 , No.2
OFFENBACH Concerto Militaire
PAGANINI Variations on One String on a Theme by Rossini “Moses”​
POPPER Hungarian Rhapsody Op. 68 *
PROKOFIEV Sinfonia Concertante in E minor Op. 125*
SAINT-SAËNS “La Muse et le Poète” (double concerto)
SAINT-SAËNS Concerto Op. 33 en la mineur*
SAINT-SAËNS Allegro Appassionato
SHOSTAKOVITCH Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major Op. 107
SHOSTAKOVITCH Cello Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 126
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto in a Minor Op. 33
SCHUBERT (arr.Cassadó) Concerto in A Minor (arrangement of “Arpeggione” Sonata)
STRAUSS “Don Quixote” Op. 35
TCHAÏKOVSKI Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 33 (Fitzenhagen) *
TCHAÏKOVSKI Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62 for cello and orchestra*
TOCH Cello Concerto Op. 35
VIVALDI Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor RV 531

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Bach Sonata No.1-3
Barber Sonata in C minor Op.6
Bauer Sonata (1982)
Beethoven 5 cello sonatas 3 variations
Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano in D major Op. 78

(arr. from Violin Sonata)
Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor Op. 38
Cello Sonata No.2 in F major Op. 99
Britten Sonata in C Op.65
Bridge Cello Sonata in D minor H. 125
Boccherini Sonata in A Major G13

Sonata in C Major G6
Sonata in G Major No. 3

Sonata in A Major No. 6

Sonata in C Major No. 17
Chopin Sonata in G minor Op. 65
Debussy Sonata in D minor (1915)
Fauré Cello Sonata No. 1 in D Op. 109

Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor Op. 117
Sonata in A Major No. 1 Op. 13

(arr. from Violin Sonata)
Falla Suite Populaire Espagnole
Franck Sonata in A Major
Grieg Sonata in A minor Op. 36
Janacek Pohadka Fairy tale

Kabalevsky Cello Sonata in B flat major Op. 71 (1962)

Kodaly Sonata for Cello and Piano

Laks Sonata for Cello and Piano

Locatelli Sonata in D Major

Lutoslawski Grave (1981)

Martinu Sonata No. 2
Mendelssohn Sonata No. 2 in D Major
Prokofiev Cello Sonata in C major Op. 11
Pierné Sonate en une partie Op. 46
Poulenc Sonata for Cello & Piano FP. 143
Rachmaninov Sonata in G minor Op. 19
Reger Sonata in A minor No.4 Op. 116

Saint-Saëns Allegro Appassionato

Sonata in C minor No. 1 Op. 32
Shostakovich Sonata in D minor Op. 40
Stravinsky Suite Italienne
Schubert Arpegionne Sonata
Schnittke Sonata No. 1
Schumann Adagio & Allegro Op. 70
Fantasiestüke Op. 73
Fünf Stücke im Volkston Op. 102
Strauss Sonata in F Major (1882)
Weinberg Sonata in G minor No. 2 Op. 63

Short pieces with piano

Bartók, Rhapsody No. 1, Sz. 87
Chopin Introduction and Polonaise Brillante Op. 3
Cassado Danse du diable vert
Casals Song of bird
Debussy Clair de lune
La plus que lente
La fille aux cheveux de lin
Nocturne et Scherzo for Cello and Piano
Goyescas Intermezzo
Ginastera Pampeana No. 2
Fauré Papillon
Après un rêve
Offenbach Les larmes du Jacqueline
Martinu Variations on a theme of Rossini
Paganini Variations on a theme of Rossini
Piatigorsky Variations on a Paganini Theme
Piazzolla Histoire du Tango
Le Grand Tango
Popper Elfentanz Op. 39
Concert Polonaise Op. 14
Hungarian Rhapsody Op. 68
Serenade Op. 54
Rostropovich Humoresque


Bach Cello Suite No.1-6 BWV 1007-1012
Britten Cello Suite No. 1, No. 3
(2014) Eleven Oblique Stratégies
Corigliano Fancy on a Bach Air (1996)
Cassado Cello Suite
Crumb Cello Solo Sonata (1955)
Dutilleux “Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher”
Finzi Thème et Variations sur ‘El CANT DELS OCELLS’ (2004)
Hindemith Solo Sonata for Cello, Op. 25 No. 3
Henze Serenade for Solo Cello (1949)

Jost Lautlos for Cello Solo (2005)
Kodaly Sonata for Cello Solo Op. 8
Kirchner “Und Salomo sprach…”
Ligeti Sonata for Cello Solo
Penderecki Preludio (2013)

Peter Susser Suite for Cello Solo (2017)

Pēteris Vask Grāmata Čellam “The book for Solo Cello”
Prokofiev March (piatigorsky) for Cello Solo
Reger Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major
Cello Suite No. 3 in a minor
Rostropovich Moderato for Cello Solo
Saariaho Sept Papillons (2000)
Tcherepnin Suite for Solo Cello
Weinberg 24 Preludes for Solo Cello Op. 100


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