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In the 31st of a series of articles, David Bird discusses the work of Redbridge Music Society and introduces pianist Victor Lim, who will be performing at Wanstead Library this month

A major aim of Redbridge Music Society is to support and promote talented young musicians, and this month, award-winning young pianist Victor Lim will give a recital which will include music by Grieg (the famous Holberg Suite), Haydn, Rachmaninoff and other composers.

Victor Lim – who was described in the magazine Revista Arta as a pianist “with great possibilities of nuance and perfect flexibility” – is currently establishing himself as a remarkably versatile and accomplished musician. He trained initially at Wells Cathedral School and then as an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Scholar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. With awards from Help Musicians UK and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Victor studied with concert pianist Michael Dussek at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where he graduated with a Dip RAM and received the Christian Carpenter Prize for the best final recital.

Victor’s first public appearance was in 2012 as a keyboard finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, and since then he has performed extensively across the UK, Europe, China, Singapore and South Korea. Victor is currently a City Music Foundation Artist and a Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist. In 2021, he won the Gold Medal of the Royal Northern College of Music where he now continues his studies with the renowned pianist Kathryn Stott.

Victor’s interests cross all genres of music and his interest in new music has led to recent collaborations with composer Graham Fitkin and pianist Stephen Hough. Victor has a special affinity with the music of Beethoven (recognised by two awards from the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe) and a great personal passion for the music of Robert Schumann.

Victor is an active chamber musician and has formed collaborations with a number of other musicians, notably cellist Waynne Kwon, with whom he won the prestigious Tunnell Trust Music Award 2021/22. Victor was the founding member of the Louko Piano Trio, who went on to win all of the chamber music prizes during their time at the Royal Northern College of Music. An experienced educator and ardent advocate of community music, Victor works closely with Olympias Music Foundation in Manchester.

Please come along to this recital and experience and support a remarkably talented young musician, who is surely destined for a brilliant future.

Victor Lim will perform at Wanstead Library on 18 April from 8pm (tickets on the door; visitors: £12; members: £8). Call 07380 606 767. Redbridge Music Society is supported by Vision RCL and affiliated to Making Music.

Author: Editor