Born in Seoul in 1980, Dongmin Lim started playing the piano at the age of nine, which is relatively late compared to other piano prodigies. He surprised people by winning in numerous prominent competitions in the county and abroad including Samick-Seiler Piano Concours 2 years after he started playing.
In 1993, Lim was accepted into Sunhwa Arts School, Seoul, with a full scholarship. Yet, he soon moved to Russia, where he studied with renowned professors, such as Lev Naumov, who also taught Gavrilov and Bunin at the world’s most prestigious music school, the Mosow Conservatory (also known as the Tchaikovsky Conservatory). In 1996, Lim made his debut on the international stage by winning the first prize in the second International Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists. In 1998, he made it into the final round in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. From 1997 to 2005, he also received the scholarship from Samsung Foundation for culture and arts projects.
Lim continued his growth as a pianist and won many awards, including the third prize in the Viotti International Music Competition, Italy (2000), third prize in the International Piano Competition Ferrucio Busoni, Italy (2001), fifth in the International Tchaikovsky Competition (2002), and second prize in the Prague Spring International Piano Competition (2004). By this time, Lim attracted attention of the musical world internationally. Finally, in he established international renown as a pianist by taking the third place in International Chopin Piano Competition Poland in 2005. He and his brother, Donghyek Lim, who tied for third place in this competition, were the first Koreans to win an award in the International Chopin Piano Competition.
Dong-Min Lim has performed in the Great Hall and Small Hall of Moscow Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Moscow International Music Palace, the Gand Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, the Steinway Hall in New York, the Konserthaus Berlin, La Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Lazienki Palace in Warsaw, the Chapman Hall in London, the Casals Hall in Tokyo, the Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama, the Festival Hall in Osaka, the Aichi Arts Centerl in Nagoya, the Vienna Hall in Salzburg, the Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall in Prague, the Concert Hall of Seoul Arts Center, Sejong Center for Performing Arts, the KBS Hall in Seoul, and the Tongyong International Music Festival.
Lim successfully played with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under conductor Vladimir Fedoseev, with the Saint Petersburg Academic Symphony under conductor Alexander Dmitriev, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Antoni Wit, and the Slovak Philharmonic under conductor Leos Svarovsky.
Lim recorded his first Beethoven Sonatas for Sony BMG in 2008 and made the second recording with Chopin in 2011.
In 2008, Dong-Min Lim was appointed the associate professor in the music department at Keimyung University, Korea, where he continues to work today.