Michael Lim

Instrument

Violin

Question and Answer

How did you choose your instrument?Michael Lim Photo

Although I was playing piano from a young age, I never intended to play the violin and always declined whenever my parents asked me if I wanted violin lessons. It was only after my younger sister showed interest in violin lessons that I decided to pick up the instrument.

Best part about being an orchestral musician in the HSO?

The best part about being an orchestral musician in the HSO is being a part of the symphony I used to watch growing up, and working alongside so many of my former mentors who helped to shape me into the musician I am today.

What was the first piece of music you fell in love with?

The Mendelssohn E minor violin concerto.

When was the career of music chosen?

I didn’t really decide to be a musician until I arrived at my college campus for orientation and realized my plans to double major in music and another field were not feasible.

What do you think is the greatest misconception about classical music?

The greatest misconception about classical music is that it is only for the elite or well-studied, and is generally inaccessible to the majority of the population. The joy of classical music belongs to everyone in the world, and there needs to be more opportunities for people to enjoy it on a broad scale.

Who were your major teachers?

I studied violin with Laura Covell and Renie Wong-Lindley in Hawaii, and with Paul Biss, Henryk Kowalski, Federico Agostini, and Ik-Hwan Bae at Indiana University.

What’s best about living in Hawaii?

Hawaii has wonderful weather year round, good food, and friendly people who embrace the aloha spirit.  It is great to be close to my family again after studying abroad.

More about Michael Lim

Michael Lim was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He began his musical studies with piano at the age of five, and started violin at seven. After graduating from Punahou School, he attended Indiana University, Bloomington, where he received his bachelors and masters degrees in violin performance. Currently, he is back in the islands teaching violin lessons and is a member of the 2nd violin section of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. He is also pursuing a certificate in music education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and aspires to be a music teacher in the school system to help promote the importance of learning music at an early age.