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Sunday, February 2, 2020 4:00 PM
Described by renowned pianist Richard Goode as “a performer of great
and hailed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “a pianist with bold intensity,” EunAe Lee is, without
a doubt, among the most decorated, critically-acclaimed Korean pianists of our time.
Beginning her journey in Korea, Ms. Lee received her music instruction at Yewon Arts School
and Seoul Arts High School before moving to the United States in 2004. While in Korea, she
presented her solo debut at age 14, performing Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Seoul
Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Bong Kim. She went on to place in several
prestigious national competitions in Korea, including Korea Times National Piano Competition
and Music Journal National Piano Competition, among several others.
Ms. Lee’s critical success in Korea brought her to the United States, where she enrolled in
Juilliard’s highly selective, joint Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program, and studied under the
tutelage of Martin Canin. Following her residence at Julliard, she worked with renowned pianist
Richard Goode at Mannes College in the New School of Music, where she received her Artist
Diploma. As a student, Ms. Lee has worked extensively with legendary pianist Cécile Oussét, and
performed in the masterclasses of Emanuel Ax, Alfred Brendel, Stephen Hough, Lang Lang,
Garrick Ohlsson, Murray Perahia, and Mitsuko Uchida.
Throughout her distinguished career, Ms. Lee has been selected as a top prize-winner in numerous
competitions, including ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Hilton Head
International Piano Competition, Bösendorfer International Piano Competition, Juilliard Concerto
Competition, Vienna International Music Competition, World Piano Teachers Association
International Piano Competition, Dover Quartet Chamber Music Competition, and Karlfied
Normann Scholarship Competition in New York City, amongst others. Ms. Lee was also honored
as a semi-finalist in Cleveland International Piano Competition, Gina Bachauer International
Piano Competition and Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition in Belgium. In 2017, she
was recognized as one of the thirty finalists at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
In addition to receiving honors in both national and international competitions, Ms. Lee has given
numerous solo recitals upon invitation at a variety of venues. These include solo recitals at the
Dame Myra Hess recital and the Pianoforte Foundation Series, both of which were broadcasted
live on Radio WFMT 98.7 FM. She was also featured as a soloist on Radio Classical
89.1 and 89.5 FM, and was interviewed by the host Steven Kapp Perry. Her performance
highlights include solo and chamber appearances in Musikverein, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully
Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and Merkin Hall, to name a
A long-time participant and performing associate at the Bowdoin International Music Festival,
Ms. Lee also participated in Music Academy of the West, Pianofest in the Hamptons, and Yellow
Barn Chamber Music Festival, and was a guest artist in Gijon International Piano Festival in
Spain. She has collaborated in concerts with artists including William Sharp, Michael Kannen,
Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Katherine Murdock, and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein.
Dr. Sookkyung Cho