Praised for her exceptional musicality and sophisticated sound she creates on the keyboard, born in South Korea, pianist Hee-Seung Lee has appeared internationally as a soloist and collaborative artist. First appeared in the United States by winning the Southwestern Youth Music Festival Competition in 2001, Dr. Lee has won First Prize in numerous competitions in Korea and USA including Eum Hyup Competition in Korea, Redlands Bowl Young Artist Competition, Palisades Symphony Young Artist Competition, Music Teachers Association of California State Concerto Competition, Robert Turner Piano Competition, Kookmin-ilbo Competition, and Glendale Piano Competition among many others. As a soloist, Dr. Lee has appeared with Palisades Symphony, Los Angeles Doctors Symphony and Crossroads Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared as a guest artist presenting solo and duo recitals at the National Arts Center, Philippines, University of the Philippines College of Music, Los Angeles City College, and Santa Monica College Emeritus College. Her chamber performances were exclusively heard at Seoul Arts Center, Korea, LACMA Bing Theater, and Steinway Piano Gallery.
Served a pianist of a chamber group Ensemble Christo as the ensemble-in-residence at Biola University presenting new works by living Christian composers, Dr. Lee has premiered solo and chamber works by living composers, such as a piano prelude by Don Freund, Shalom for flute and piano by Elliott Bark, Fibonacci Sonata by Donald Wilson, Redemption for flute, cello and piano by Kenji Kuriyama, Alleluia by Shinuh Lee (US premiere), songs by Jason Ballman and the Double Flute Quintet by Roman Ryterband among many others. Her chamber performances of works by Mendelssohn and Smetana at the LACMA Bing Theatre were heard live over the radio through Sundas Live Concert while her solo in Redlands Bowl aired on the cable TV. Also active as harpsichordist, Dr. Lee demonstrated her passion for early music through concerts with Camerata Barocca Claudio Monteverdi from Italy at Soka Performing Arts Center in 2013 Italian Opera Festival, the American Bach Soloists Festival concerts in San Francisco, and the San Francisco Early Music Society Baroque Workshop in Oakland. Her chamber group performance at San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall was marked as a “memorable performance” by the San Francisco critique in 2015.
Dr. Lee is continuing her early music collaborative performances through working with the Los Angeles Chamber Choir presenting full-house concerts on large works such as J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, J.S. Bach’s Cantatas and Handel’s Dixit Dominus. A pupil of world-renowned pianists such as Angela Cheng, Arnaldo Cohen, Jean-Louis Haguenauer, and Daniel Pollack, the winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, as well as the renowned harpsichordists Elisabeth Wright and Lucinda Carver, Dr. Lee has also studied with Mack McCray, John Perry, and Yoheved Kaplinsky from the Juilliard School on piano, Corey Jamason and Peter Sykes from the Juilliard School on harpsichord during summers through music festivals. Dr. Lee has received BM from Oberlin Conservatory of Music under full scholarship and was awarded The Piano Faculty Prize upon graduation. Having received MM and Performer Diploma with fellowship from Indiana University, Dr. Lee has completed her DMA in Piano Performance under merit scholarship at USC Thornton School of Music. Dr. Lee was elected to the Pi Kappa Lambda by the National Music Honor Society- ETA chapter in 2015.
Dr. Lee's students have performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Disney Concert Hall, Moscow National Arts Gallery through winning top prizes at competitions and auditions such as American Protégé International Competition, American Fine Arts Festival Competition, SYMF Competition, Young Muse International Competition, and International Music Competition “Vienna” Grand Prize Virtuoso. Dr. Lee has previously served as an Associate Instructor of Piano at Indiana University, an Assistant to Dr. Adam Gilbert at Early Music Program of University of Southern California (USC) Thornton School of Music and is currently an Artist-in-residence adjunct faculty at Whittier College. An active adjudicator of many young artist competitions, Dr. Lee has served as a chairperson of the MTAC Lakewood-Cerritos Branch Sonata-Sonatina Competition, now is an artistic director of Joong Ang Youth Music Festival Competition (JAYMF) and Young Muse International Competition while serving MTAC Lakewood-Cerritos Branch as a board member- the 2 nd vice-president and the chair of the Winter Solo Festival Competition since 2018.