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Sean Yongjoo Lim


A 15-year-old violinist, Sean Yongjoo Lim is currently under the tutelage of Amy Beth Horman and mentored by Jody Gatwood. Sean studied with Jan Mark Sloman at the Meadowmount School of Music in summer 2014.
Performing in such large venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, and Shakespeare Harman Center for the Arts, Sean's first solo debut performance with orchestra was with the Kostrama Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pavel Gershtein in Russia when he was 12 years old. In January 2014, Sean was featured as one of the young soloists in Sarasate's Navarra with the Howard County Concert Orchestra under the direction of Ronald Mutchnik. Mr. Lim played Saint Saëns “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” with the U.S. Army Orchestra in a concert as a featured soloist in May 2014. In November 2014, Sean also performed as soloist on Arvo Pärt's Fratres accompanied by a string orchestra and local conductor Joel Lazar in Washington, DC.
Sean has already received numerous awards and recognitions from regional, national, and international competitions, such as AFAF International Concerto Competition, American Protégé International Concerto Competition, Music Friends at the Alden Theatre, and MSMTA String Competition. This past year, 2013–2014, Mr. Lim had a very exciting competitive season. Sean was awarded first prize in both the Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition as well as the James C. Macdonald Fine Arts Scholarship Competition. In addition, Mr. Lim had the distinction of being named a finalist in the Duquesne Young Artist National Concerto Competition. Most recently, Mr. Lim was awarded first prize in the Friday Morning Music Club High School Competition for Strings in memory of Gustave N. Johansen Jr. and second prize in the ENKOR International Competition for violin and piano. Sean is also a 2015 National YoungArts Foundation Honorable Mention winner in the category of Music Instrumental/Strings/Violin. Sean has been chosen as one of the youngest competitors in the International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition. He was selected amongst violinists from around the world up to the age of 30 and will be competing at the end of January 2015 in Switzerland.
Sean is regularly featured in master classes with such renowned violinists as Ivanov Vladimir at the Moscow Conservatory, Juilliard professor Shirley Givens, National Philharmonic Concertmaster Emeritus Jody Gatwood, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Jonathan Carney, former National Symphony Orchestra Assistant Concertmaster Elizabeth Adkins, Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Roy Sonne, James Stern, and Soovin Kim.
Sean served as Concertmaster of the American Youth Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in 2011, and Associate Concertmaster of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (MCYO) Philharmonic in 2013–2014. This 2014–2015 school year, Mr. Lim was appointed Co-Concertmaster for the MCYO Philharmonic and will be featured as Violin Primo in a performance of Sarasate’s Navarra at Strathmore Hall this spring. Mr. Lim also has the distinction of being a National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Youth Fellow since 2013. In addition to this, he remains an active member of Columbia Baptist Church Sanctuary Orchestra.
Sean performs regularly on a violin crafted by award-winning luthier David Rapkievian.
Current as of December 2014.

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Video 1/4/2015: NSO Youth Fellows

A participant in the National Symphony Orchestra training program, Sean Yongjoo Lim, age 15, is an up-and-coming solo violinist hailing from McLean, VA.

Sean Yongjoo Lim