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CCM Welcomes Naumburg Competition Winner Soyeon Kate Lee to Piano Faculty

CCM welcomes Assistant Professor of Music in Piano Soyeon Kate Lee to its faculty. Her appointment begins in August of 2014.

CCM Dean Peter Landgren recently announced the appointment of pianist Soyeon Kate Lee to the faculty of CCM’s Department of Piano.

First prize winner of the prestigious Naumburg International Piano Competition in 2010, Lee has been hailed by the New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style,” while the Washington Post has lauded her for her “stunning command of the keyboard.”

Lee joins CCM as Assistant Professor of Music in Piano beginning in August of 2014. Her appointment gives CCM the rare distinction of having two Naumburg Piano Competition winners on faculty (CCM Piano Department Chair Awadagin Pratt also took first prize in 1992).

Lee has been rapturously received as guest soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, symphony orchestras of Columbus, Bangor, Bozeman, Boca Raton, Wyoming, Bozeman, Cheyenne, Napa Valley, Scottsdale, Abilene, Naples, Santa Fe and Shreveport in the United States; the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), Ulsan Symphony Orchestra (South Korea), Orquesta de Valencia (Spain) and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Dominican Republic), including performances under the batons of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jahja Ling, Jorge Mester and Otto-Werner Mueller.

An active Naxos recording artist, her third CD featuring Liszt opera transcriptions was released earlier this year and she will return to the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto for a two-CD recording of Scriabin’s piano works in April.

Highlights of Lee’s 2013-2014 concert season include performances at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Rose Studio, Kaplan Penthouse, as well as recitals in Boston’s Gardner Museum, Weill Recital Hall and Steinway Society of the Bay Area. She tours as a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two with pianists Anne-Marie McDermott, Wu Han and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet at La Jolla, Music@Menlo, Columbus Chamber Music Society and Drew University.

Recent recital appearances include New York City programs at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Art’s Alice Tully Hall, Washington’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, the Ravinia Festival’s “Rising Stars” series, Auditorio de Musica de Nacional in Madrid – part of a 13-city tour of Spain, tour of the Hawaiian Islands, Krannert Center, and Finland’s Maanta Music Festival.

Soyeon Kate Lee was featured on the January 2006 cover of SYMPHONY magazine’s annual “Emerging Artists” issue and in the 2008 edition of Musical America‘s “More Thrills of Discovery.” Her debut CD on the Naxos label, featuring sonatas of Scarlatti, was released in February 2007 to critical acclaim. KOCH International Classics (E1) released her second album in April 2009, for which she was awarded the 2009 Young Artist Award from the Classical Recording Foundation.

Lee is a native of South Korea and began her piano studies at age five. At age nine, she moved to the United States and attended the Interlochen Arts Academy. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, along with the Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, she won every award granted to a pianist including the Rachmaninoff Concerto Competition, two consecutive Gina Bachauer Scholarship Competitions, Arthur Rubinstein Prize, Susan Rose Career Grant and the William Petschek Piano Debut Award.

Winner of the 2004 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, as well as the Second and Mozart prizes of the Cleveland International Piano Competition and the Bronze Medal of the Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition in Spain, she has worked with Richard Goode, Ursula Oppens, Jerome Lowenthal, Wu Han and Robert McDonald. A Steinway Artist, Lee serves on the faculty of City College of New York and resides in New York City with her husband, pianist Ran Dank. In her spare time, she designs her own concert gowns.

You can learn even more about Soyeon Kate Lee by visiting www.dianesaldick.com/soyeon-kate-lee.

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