Chelsie Lim, age 15, was born in Melbourne, Australia in 2004. She moved to the United States at the age of 3, and began learning cello from her mother.
She is the 1st prize winner of the New York Young Artist International Competition (2013), the New York International Music Competition (2014), the East Coast International Competition (2014), the YWCA of Queens New York Music Competition (2015), and the Camerata Artists International Concerto Competition, in which she debuted with an orchestra (2017). She is a Gold Medalist of the Bravura Philharmonic’s 10th annual Young Artists Concerto Competition. Chelsie was a finalist of the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Goldwasser Concerto Competition and received the 3rd place award, and was a semi-finalist of the 2017 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Astana, Kazakhstan. She was awarded a scholarship to the HeifetzPEG program of the Heifetz International Music Institute in Staunton, Virginia (2017) and was chosen to perform in their Stars of Tomorrow concert series. She was a participant of the Morningside Music Bridge summer festival, a full-scholarship program, in Warsaw, Poland (2018). Chelsie was awarded performances at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, and has participated in master classes with the accomplished cellists Colin Carr and Steven Doane.
In addition to her solo achievements, Chelsie engages in community service opportunities with her cello ensemble, and was granted the EnoB award for outstanding community service. She and her piano trio have also been invited by the Dvorak American Heritage Association to perform at the Bohemian National Hall, and in 2017, they won 2nd Prize in the Great Composers Competition for Best Dvorak Performance. Chelsie was accepted to the Pre-College program at the Juilliard School of Music in 2015 at age 10, and is currently studying with Minhye Clara Kim. She is a principal cellist of the Pre-College Symphony.