First prize winner of the 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition and the 2004 Concert Artist Guild International Competition, Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has been lauded by the New York Times as a pianist with "a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style," and by the Washington Post for her "stunning command of the keyboard.”
Lee has been rapturously received as a guest soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony. She has also been a guest soloist with the symphony orchestras of Columbus, Bangor, Bozeman, Boca Raton, Wyoming, Bozeman, Cheyenne, Napa Valley, Scottsdale, Abilene, Naples, Santa Fe and Shreveport in the US. Internationally, she has soloed with the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ulsan Symphony Orchestra in South Korea, Orquesta de Valencia in Spain and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in the Dominican Republic, and has performed under the batons of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jahja Ling, Jorge Mester and Otto-Werner Mueller.
Recent recital appearances include programs in New York City at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall, the Merkin Concert Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Performances elsewhere include Washington DC's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland's Severance Hall, the Ravinia Festival's "Rising Stars" series, Madrid’s Auditorio de Musica de Nacional (as part of a thirteen city tour of Spain), Krannert Center, Herbst Theatre, Finland’s Maanta Music Festival and a tour of the Hawaiian Islands
An active chamber musician, Ms. Lee frequently performs at festivals throughout the United States including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Music Mountain Summer Chamber Music Festival. She has been a member of the coveted Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two program, where her performance of the Mozart Piano Trio was broadcast on PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center.
A Naxos recording artist, her discography spans the Scarlatti Sonatas, Liszt Opera Transcriptions and two volumes of Scriabin works. She returns to Toronto this season to record early Clementi Sonatas as well as another volume of Scarlatti Sonatas. Ms. Lee’s recording of Re!nvented under the E1 (formerly Koch Classics) label garnered her the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year Award and a feature review in Gramophone Magazine.
A Second Prize and Mozart Prize winner of the 2003 Cleveland International Piano Competition and a laureate of the Santander International Piano Competition in Spain, she has worked extensively with Richard Goode, Robert McDonald, Ursula Oppens, and Jerome Lowenthal. Ms. Lee is a graduate of the Juilliard School and was awarded every prize possible for a pianist while at school, including the William Petschek Piano Debut Award at Lincoln Center and the Arthur Rubinstein Award.
Ms. Lee is the co-founder and artistic director of Music by the Glass, a concert series dedicated to bringing young professionals together in New York City. A Yamaha Artist, Ms. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, pianist Ran Dank, and their one-year-old baby, Noah. Ms. Lee is represented by Colbert Artists Management in New York City.