About Me


Thomas Lim, Cellist

New York City based cellist, performer, and artist.

Applauded for his “warm tone and powerful musical interpretations,” Cellist Thomas Lim (b. 2001) frequently brings his performances to audiences across the world in North America, Europe, and Asia. Making his solo debut at the age of 16, Thomas has given acclaimed performances of the Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and Haydn concertos with orchestra. Named a National YoungArts Foundation Winner in 2019, Thomas is the recipient of numerous awards including prizes at competitions including the Juilliard Concerto Competition, Columbia University Orchestra Concerto Competition, New York International Artists Association Cello Competition, MTAC VOCE Competition, Korea Times Music Competition, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Blount-Slawson Young Artists' Competition, the Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Coeur d'Alene Concerto Competition.

A sensitive chamber musician, Thomas has a diverse chamber music repertoire ranging from the standard literature to works of the 21st century. He has studied chamber music with globally esteemed artists including Joel Krosnick, Robert McDonald, Joseph Lin, Jerome Lowenthal, Natasha Brofsky, Soovin Kim, Gilbert Kalish, David Finckel, Nicholas Mann, Daniel Phillips, Patricia McCarty, and members of the Emerson, Juilliard, Tokyo, Orion, American, Schumann, Formosa, Alexander, and Escher String Quartets. In addition, Thomas has performed under the batons of Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Jeffrey Milarsky, David Robertson, and Eric Jacobsen at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center, among others.

Thomas has studied with and received important impulses from some of the world's most distinguished cellists including Lynn Harrell, Mischa Maisky, Frans Helmerson, Laurence Lesser, Joel Krosnick, Hans Jorgen Jensen, Lluis Claret, and Clive Greensmith. Over the summers, he has made appearances at the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Institute, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Orford Musique and the Cidnay IMS Academy and Festival, where he was awarded first prize by Mischa Maisky for his performance.

A longtime student of Jonathan Koh of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Minja Hyun of Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, he is currently a Master of Music candidate at The Juilliard School studying with Dr. Darrett Adkins and Ms. Natasha Brofsky. Thomas earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna cum Laude from Columbia College of Columbia University in the City of New York in Computer Science and Mathematics while concurrently studying at the Juilliard School through the prestigious Columbia-Juilliard joint program. He additionally holds a Master of Science degree from the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University in Computer Science with a focus in Natural Language Processing through the accelerated M.S. express program.

He plays a beautiful Italian cello ca. 1750 attributed to Venice, and a 19th century German bow, the latter of which is generously loaned by the Juilliard School. In his free time, Thomas enjoys visiting museums, solving coding problems, playing tennis, and practicing calligraphy. He currently resides in New York, NY.

Calendar

Upcoming Events

Graduation Recital

May 2, 2024
3:00 PM
Paul Hall, Juilliard

Past Events

2024

Masterclass with Frans Helmerson

Feb 16, 2024
1:30 PM
The Juilliard School
Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 125

2023

Brahms Piano Quintet

December 17, 2023
3:00 PM
Morse Hall
J. Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34

Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major

December 21, 2023
7:00 PM
Midwest Clinic, Chicago, IL
Haydn: Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Hob. VIIb/2

Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major

December 6, 2023
7:00 PM
McAfee Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, CA
Haydn: Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Hob. VIIb/2

Beethoven String Quartet, Op. 18/6

December 10, 2023
8:00 PM
Morse Hall
L.V. Beethoven: String Quartet No. 6 in Bb Major, Op. 18, No. 6

Juilliard Orchestra with Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh

December 1, 2023
7:30 PM
Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043, “Double Concerto”
P. Glass: Echorus
D. Ludwig: Seasons Lost
Anna Clyne: Prince of Clouds
W.A. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K. 364

Music for Food: NYC Chapter

November 2, 2023
7:30 PM
Broadway Presbyterian Church, New York, NY
Kaija Saariaho: Neiges for Cello Octet

Vox Celli: Juilliard Cello Ensemble

October 3, 2023
7:30 PM
Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center
Arvo Pärt: Fratres for 12 Cellos
Gity Razaz: The Strange Highway
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

Cidnay International Masterclass Series: Concert

September 5, 2023
9:30 PM
Teatro Narcisso Ferreira, Santo Tirso, Portugal
S. Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante in E Minor, Op. 125

Masterclass with Mischa Maisky

September 4, 2023
10:45 AM
Alberto Carneiro Arts Center, Santo Tirso, Portugal
S. Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante in E Minor, Op. 125, II. Allegro Giusto

Cidnay International Masterclass Series: Cello Quartet Performance

September 3, 2023
5:30 PM
Fábrica de Santo Tirso - Nave Cultural, Santo Tirso, Portugal
B. Bartok: Tanzlied aus Poniki for Four Cellos
A. Bruckner: Locus iste for Four Cellos
J. Werner: Elegie for Four Cellos, Op. 21
G. Paque: Souvenir de Curis

Masterclass with Mischa Maisky

September 2, 2023
2:30 PM
Centro de Arte Alberto Carneiro, Santo Tirso, Portugal
Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante in E Minor, Op. 125, I. Andante, II. Allegro Giusto

Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival

August 12, 2023
5:00 PM
Kneisel Hall, Blue Hill, ME
L.V. Beethoven: String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1

Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival

August 12, 2023
2:00 PM
Kneisel Hall, Blue Hill, ME
W.A. Mozart: Piano Trio in E Major, K.452

Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival

August 10, 2023
2:00 PM
Kneisel Hall, Blue Hill, ME
R. Schumann: Piano Quartet in Eb Major, Op. 47

Masterclass with Natasha Brofsky

July 31, 2023
7:30 PM
Kneisel Hall, Blue Hill, ME
R. Schumann: Piano Quartet in Eb Major, Op. 47

Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival

July 25, 2023
7:30 PM
Kneisel Hall, Blue Hill, ME
Ezequiel Viñao: String Quartet II "The Loss and the Silence"

Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival

July 17, 2023
2:00 PM
Kneisel Hall, Blue Hill, ME
D. Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83

Masterclass with Ezequiel Viñao

July 12, 2023
7:30 PM
Kneisel Hall, Blue Hill, ME
Ezequiel Viñao: String Quartet II "The Loss and the Silence"

Solo Recital with Luiz Ortiz, piano

Tuesday, May 9, 2023
8:00 PM
Paul Hall
P. Hindemith: Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 25, No. 3
J.S. Bach: Chaccone from Partita No. 2 in D Minor
J. Brahms: Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99

Dvorak Dumky Trio

Sunday, April 30, 2023
6:00 PM
Morse Hall
A. Dvorak: Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor "Dumky"
Cheng Io Lo, violin
Thomas Lim, cello
Anne Liu, piano

Masterclass with Frans Helmerson

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
7:30 PM
The Juilliard School
P. Hindemith: Solo Sonata, Op. 25, No. 3

Masterclass with Lluis Claret

Saturday, April 15, 2023
7:00 PM
Carriage House Violins, Boston Showroom
P. Hindemith: Solo Sonata, Op. 25, No. 3

Spring ChamberFest 2023

Monday, March 13, 2023
4:30 PM
Paul Hall
A. Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht

Wednesdays at One: Lab Orchestra

Wednesday, February 23, 2023
6:30 PM
Alice Tully Hall
C. Weber: Oberon Overture
A. Copland: Our Town
A. Berg: Sieben frühe Lieder
Z. Kodály: Dances of Galánta

Juilliard Orchestra with Carlos Miguel Prieto

Saturday, February 18, 2023
6:30 PM
Alice Tully Hall
D. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in Eb Major

ChamberFest 2023

Wednesday, January 11, 2023
6:30 PM
Paul Hall
A. Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A Major

2022

Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in Bb Major

Sunday, December 4, 2022
6:30 PM
Morse Hall
F. Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in Bb Major

Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A Major

Sunday, November 27, 2022
6:30 PM
Morse Hall
A. Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A Major

Juilliard Orchestra with Jeffrey Millarsky

Sunday, November 21, 2022
6:30 PM
Alice Tully Hall
S. Barber: Vengeance of Medea
M. White: Viola Concerto
P. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor "Pathetique"

Juilliard Concerto Competition Finals

Sunday, November 17, 2022
6:30 PM
Paul Hall
A. Schoenberg: Concerto in D Major after G.M. Monn

Masterclass with Fred Sherry

Sunday, October 17, 2022
5:00 PM
Juilliard School
A. Schoenberg: Concerto in D Major after G.M. Monn

Orford Musique: Beaux concerts de la relève

Thursday, June 9, 2022
7:00 PM
Salle Gilles-Lefebvre, Orford, QC
J. Brahms: Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99

Columbia University Emeritus Professors' Series: Lecture Performance

Thursday, April 1, 2022
7:00 PM
Columbia University
F. Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata in A Minor, D 821

Midday Music Series

Thursday, March 9, 2022
7:00 PM
Columbia University Maison Française
F. Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata in A Minor, D 821

Chamberfest 2022

Thursday, March 9, 2022
7:00 PM
Paul Hall
J. Zarebski: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 34

Solo Recital with Luis Ortiz, piano

Thursday, February 18, 2022
7:00 PM
Morse Hall
J.S. Bach: Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: Prelude, Courante
I. Xenakis: Kottos (1977)
F. Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata in A Minor, D 821: I. Allegro Moderato
F. Price: Adoration
M. Rostropovich: Humoresque, Op. 5

2021

Midday Music Series

Thursday, November 9, 2021
7:00 PM
Columbia University Maison Française
J. Barrière: Duo Sonata in G Major
Thomas Lim, Sasha He, cellos

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Repertoire

Repertoire

Concertos & Works for Orchestra

Dvorak: Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104
Haydn: Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIIb: No. 1
Haydn: Concerto in D Major, Hob. VIIb: No. 2
Kabalevsky: Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 77
Lalo: Concerto in D Minor
Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 125
Saint-Saens: Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 119
Schoenberg: Concerto in D Major after G.M. Monn
Schumann: Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129
Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major, Op. 107
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Vivaldi: Concerto in G Minor for Two Cellos, RV 531

Solo Works

J.S. Bach: Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
J.S. Bach: Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
J.S. Bach: Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009
J.S. Bach: Suite No. 4 in Eb Major, BWV 1010
J.S. Bach: Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011
J.S. Bach: Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012
J.S. Bach: Chaccone from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
Franchomme: 12 Caprices, Op. 7 - Selections
Colridge-Taylor Perkinson: Lamentations (1973) - Selections
Piatti: 12 Caprices, Op. 12 - Selections
Popper: 40 Etudes, Op. 73 - Selections
Xenakis: Kottos (1977)
Isang Yun: Glissées for Solo Cello (1970) - Selections

Works for Cello & Piano

J.S. Bach: "Arioso" from Catata No. 156
Cassado: Dance of the Green Devil
Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise Brillante, Op. 3
Davidov: At the Fountain, Op. 20, No. 2
Dvorak: Rondo in G Minor, Op. 94
Faure: Elegie, Op. 24
Faure: Après un Rêve
Haydn-Piatigorsky: Divertimento in D Major
Price: Adoration (arr. Thomas Lim)
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise, Op. 34
Rostropovich: Humoresque, Op. 5
Saint-Saens: Le Cygne
Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70
Schumann: Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102
Van Goens: Scherzo, Op. 12

Sonatas

Beethoven: Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1
Beethoven: Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2
Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38
Brahms: Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99
Britten: Sonata in C Major, Op. 65 - Selections
Eccles: Sonata in G Minor
Locatelli: Sonata in D Major - Selections
Prokofiev: Sonata in C Major, Op. 119
Rachmaninoff: Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19
Sammartini: Sonata in G Major
Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata in A Minor, D 821
Shostakovich: Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40
Vivaldi: Sonata No. 5 in E Minor, RV 40

Chamber

Piano Trios

Arensky: Piano Trio in D Minor
Beethoven: Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3
Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8
Mozart: Piano Trio in E Major, K.542
Schoenfield: Café Music
Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in Bb Major
Schumann: Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor
Smetana: Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 15

String Quartets

Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
Beethoven: String Quartet in Bb Major, Op. 18, No. 6
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1 "Razumovsky"
Ginastera: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20
Grieg: String Quartet in G Minor
Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 64, No. 5
Mozart: Divertimento in D Major, K. 136
Mozart: String Quartet No. 13 in D Minor, K. 173
Puccini: I Crisantemi, SC 65e
Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor "Death and the Maiden"
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3 in F Major
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 4 in D Major
Verdi: String Quartet in E Minor
Viñao: String Quartet No. 2 "The Loss and the Silence"

Piano Quartets & Quintets

Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor
Dvorak: Piano Quartet in Eb Major
Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A Major
Schumann: Piano Quartet in Eb Major
Schumann: Piano Quintet in Eb Major
Zarebski: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 34

Larger Ensembles

Brahms: Sextet No. 1 in Bb Major
Mendelssohn: Octet in Eb Major, Op. 20
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence

Cello Ensemble

Barrière: Sonata in G Major for Two Violoncellos
Fitzenhagen: Concert-Walzer for Four Cellos
Pärt: Fratres for 4, 8, or 12 Cellos
Razaz: The Strange Highway for Cello Octet
Saariaho: Neiges for Cello Octet
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Soprano and Cello Orchestra
Werner: Elegie for Four Cellos

Teaching

Cello Lessons NYC

With years of teaching experience under my belt, I am a dedicated teacher helping students of all ages and levels reach their musical goals. I believe that with the right mentor, anyone can learn to play the cello and learn to love music. I offer lessons in person in New York, or online, and strive to create a dynamic, engaging learning enviornment in any teaching modality.

For each student, I personally craft a curriculum consiting of repertoire, technique, etudes, theory, and more.


Whether you are just starting out on the cello, or want to improve your skills, I can help you achieve your goals!

Teaching Values

Inspiring Musicality

Commitment to Excellence

Long Term Growth

Mutual Respect & Responsibility

Contact

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Location

Manhattan, New York

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