Hailed by Gramophone for her “beautiful playing” and “intimate internal dialogues,” pianist Ji Yung Lee is an active performer and has made appearances with various instrumentalists and singers at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Weill Hall, and John F. Kennedy Center. She has also captivated audiences via numerous radio broadcasts including WQXR, MPR, and WFMT.
Lee’s passion for vocal music has been a significant part of her musical journey. She has worked with Victory Hall Opera, Boston Arts Song Society, Korea Chamber Opera Festival, Juilliard’s Drama division, and Amelia Island Opera. She has participated as a vocal piano fellow in festivals including Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival and School, SongFest, and Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.
In addition to her extensive vocal repertoire, Lee is enthusiastic about instrumental chamber music. She actively performs with internationally-acclaimed instrumentalists throughout the United States, as well as mentoring and playing for young musicians at recitals and music festivals such as Morningside Music Bridge. She has served as a staff pianist both at The Juilliard School and New England Conservatory and as an official pianist for the Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect auditions.
Believing in music as a powerful tool of communication, Ji Yung Lee is the director of Mtree’s Sing with Hope program for children and teenagers in Kilifi, Kenya supporting them through their journey of self-discovery and emotional growth. Her current projects include researching the musical heritage of rural Kenya and developing a curriculum for Global Citizenship Education through music. (www.Mtree.org)
B.M., Yonsei University (South Korea). M.M., G.D., New England Conservatory. G.D., The Juilliard School. Collaborative Piano with Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, Cameron Stowe, J.J. Penna, Diane Richardson, Max Levinson, Ho-Jeong Jeong. Piano with Young Hwa Yoon. Voice with Cynthia Hoffmann. Choral Conducting with Ick Hyun Cho, Hae-ock Eunice Kim Bang. Prize Winner of 2017 Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition. Current faculty, New England Conservatory. (www.jiyunglee.com)
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