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Soyeon Kate Lee, piano


First prize winner of the prestigious 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition, Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has already 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.”

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Be sure to hear all of Soyeon Kate Lee’s 2013 Festival performances listed below

Thursday, July 18, 12:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Soyeon Kate Lee Piano Recital

Sunday, July 21, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Brahms – Piano Quartet

Monday, July 22, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Brahms – Piano Quartet

Wednesday, July 24, 7:30 PM at Simms Auditorium/Albuquerque Academy
Mendelssohn & More

Thursday, July 25, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Mendelssohn & More

First prize winner of the prestigious 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition, Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has already 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.”

Ms. Lee’s 2012-2013 season highlights include performances at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Rose Studio and the Kaplan Penthouse, as well as Boston’s Gardner Museum as a member of Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two.  She collaborates this season with the Daedalus and Brentano string quartets, violinist Ani Kavafian, cellist Timothy Eddy and members of the Chiara String Quartet, among others, and appears in recital at the Rhode Island College Performing Arts Series, Elon University, Pittsburgh State University, Portland Ovation Series, Ridotto Music Festival, Music Mountain and Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music.  In celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centennial, Ms. Lee performs the less traversed Britten Piano Concerto with the Adelphi University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christopher Lyndon-Gee.  An active Naxos recording artist, her third CD, featuring Liszt opera transcriptions, will be released this season, and she will return to the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto for a two-CD recording of Scriabin’s piano works in April.

Ms. 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 and the symphony orchestras of Columbus, Bangor, Bozeman, Boca Raton, Wyoming, Cheyenne, Napa Valley, Scottsdale, Abilene, Naples, Santa Fe and Shreveport in the United States; the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), Orquesta de Valencia (Spain) and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Dominican Republic), including performances under the batons of Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Jahja Ling, Jorge Mester and Otto-Werner Mueller.

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 Arts’ Alice Tully Hall, Washington DC’s 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), Krannert Center, Finland’s Maanta Music Festival and a tour of the Hawaiian Islands.

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 released her second album in April 2009, for which she was awarded the 2009 Young Artist Award from the Classical Recording Foundation.

Ms. Lee earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and 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, the Arthur Rubinstein Prize, Susan Rose Career Grant and the William Petschek Piano Debut Award.