Jungshin Lim Lewis was born in Seoul, Korea where she studied cello under Bong-Cho Chun. At the age of 16, she received the highest government award for Outstanding New Artist and won First Prize in the Dong-Ah Il Bo International Competition. Appearances soon followed as soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic, the Seoul Baroque Ensemble, and the KBS Symphony Orchestra. After studies in Korea and Japan, Ms. Lim traveled to the United States and earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where her principal teachers were Laurence Lesser and Stephen Kates. She also participated in several master classes with Gregor Piatigorsky.
During her studies at Peabody she was awarded Highest Honors and after winning First Prize, performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto. As Cellist of the Peabody Conservatory String Quartet, Ms. Lim was awarded honors by the Amadeus String Quartet at the Coleman Competition in California. In 1973, Ms. Lim became Principal Cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in Canada and Cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic String Quartet. She made numerous recordings for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Ms. Lim taught at Longview College and Virginia Commonwealth University while holding the position of Principal Cellist of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. It was during this time she was chosen as Special Soloist under the baton of Arthur Fiedler, with whom she performed the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto. “With Ms. Lim’s usual intensity, she was ready at every split-second entry with that tonal velvet that pours from her instrument - she is every inch an artist” (Richmond Times Dispatch). Ms. Lim has appeared as soloist with several symphony orchestras in the U.S. She has performed often with the Theatre Chamber Players of Kennedy Center and has performed in Music Festivals in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, and in the U.S. in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Park City (Utah), Sitka (Alaska), Dallas, etc. She is currently Principal Cellist of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. She makes her home in Dallas and maintains a studio for gifted cellists. She plays on a Gagliano Cello made in Florence, Italy.