Her personality of a “totalist" emerges from her adolescence when passionate about an artist, she just feels the need to absorb the integrality of the works as well as all of the correspondences and notes. Thus, Plato, Dostoyevsky, Poulenc and Chopin are part of her intellectual bulimia and it felt only natural when in 2010, she performed the complete Beethoven sonatas over eight consecutive days in Paris creating a sensation in musical world, with her own essay on Beethoven and analysis on each of the sonata.
These extraordinary concerts were to be the catalyst to her ongoing success: when she recorded the complete cycle for EMI Classics the following year, she became not only the youngest interpreter to ever record these masterpieces, but the first and only classical pianist to debut at number one on the Billboard classical chart and on iTunes chart all over the world. Her second album is a solo recording of works by Ravel and Scriabin, released by EMI-Warner Classics.
In 2016, Les éditions Albin Michel has discovered her extraordinary life story and has released a book with her, “Le Son du Silence” relating her philosophical, spiritual and musical reflexions, as well as her unusual path.
HJ Lim continues to deepen her exploration by playing in concerts the integral of the first Book of Well Tempered Clavier of Bach, as well as all preludes of Debussy and Chopin’s complete preludes, scherzos, ballades and waltzes. Her recital of the complete Rachmaninov's Etudes-Tableaux along with Chopin 24 Etudes that she performed at the Stadtcasino of Basel has been described by the Basellandschaftlicher Zeitung as "incomparably fiery pianistic space, super-virtuoso sound images, spectacular and extremely bewitching, and especially they were interpreted like the monumental pianistic dramas (…) an incredible enchantment of possibilities of pianistic expressions, subtle and grandiose, magically performed by the phenomenal virtuoso."
Recent concerto performances included a tour with NDR Sinfonieorchester of Hamburg at Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, in Sala Sao Paulo in Brazil, an Asian tour with Sir Roger Norrington and the Zurich chamber orchestra and 4 Rachmaninov concertos with Barcelona Symphony and Pablo Gonzalez in three days, concerts with Seattle Symphony, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, KBS Symphony, Moscow Virtuosi, Bilkent Symphony, Welsh National Opera, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra at Zurich Tonhalle, with München Symphoniker at Herkulessaal and Prinzregententheater. She also performed at Royal Albert Hall with Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Classic FM Live), le Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hofer Symphoniker and Stavanger Symphony.
In 2012, Korea’s national television channel KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) made a documentary on her on their program “Global Success Story” and in 2013, a dream came true for HJ Lim as she has been invited by her country after many years of exclusive concert activities outside of South Korea. She played at the Seoul Arts Center receiving warm acclamations from her compatriots and since then, she regularly returns to play in her home country.
In Japan, she is also an active performer and she has renewed the complete Beethoven Sonatas cycle in eight concerts in Tokyo at Asahi Hall, each concert has been broadcasted live on Live stream. Record Geijutsu wrote of the cycle, “HJ Lim accomplished this most impossible of challenges...Her gift comes from the heavens”.
In recital, HJ Lim performed at Théâtre du Palais Royal in Paris, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, London Wigmore Hall, Sala Verdi in Milan, Victoria Hall in Geneva and the Stadtcasino. Her festival appearances include Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Festival de Musique de Menton, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Beethoven Festival Chicago and the Annecy Classical Festival, and at the Dublin International Piano Festival
Highlights of Lim’s recent calendar include concerts with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony at Suntory Hall, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater, orchestra of Valencia, at Festival International Piano de Biarritz, Festival of Flanders, Pianos festival de Lille, recitals at the Grand théâtre de Provence, the Philharmonie Essen, and Osaka Symphony Hall.
Since the release of her book « Le Son du Silence », HJ Lim is invited by schools and conservatories to share her passion for classical music, her life path and the importance of the pursuit of dreams with young students. She’s also invited to give concert-conferences for a wider public in search of spirituality. She is the ambassador of the foundations Graine de Génie and Allegry Philanthropy. In 2017, the Swiss leading newspaper “Le Temps” has nominated HJ Lim as one of the 100 personalities that make Switzerland and the Korean National Assembly Television made a documentary on her as a “Super Korean that changes the world”.