May 22, 2018New addition to the Lee/Dank Family and starting the summer concert season!Following the birth of our second child, Ella, I am getting back on the road this June, beginning with a recital at the Cleveland International Piano Competition with my husband, Ran Dank on June 7th!
February 24, 2016Naxos releases Soyeon Kate Lee's Scriabin: Piano Works worldwidePIANIST SOYEON KATE LEE RELEASES “SCRIABIN: PIANO MUSIC” ON NAXOS
All-Piano Album Features Scriabin Rarities
February 12, 2016, New York City—The brilliant young pianist Soyeon Kate Lee, winner of the 2010 Naumburg International Competition and the 2004 Concert Artists Guild Competition, has released an all- Scriabin CD on Naxos (NAXOS 8.573527) featuring some of the composer’s lesser-known piano works. “Scriabin: Piano Music” was recorded at the Performing Arts Centre of the Country Day School in King City, Ontario in June 2013.
April 7, 2014Soyeon Kate Lee joins the piano faculty of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of MusicCCM Welcomes Naumburg Competition Winner Soyeon Kate Lee to Piano Faculty
CCM welcomes Assistant Professor of Music in Piano Soyeon Kate Lee to its faculty. Her appointment begins in August of 2014.
CCM Dean Peter Landgren recently announced the appointment of pianist Soyeon Kate Lee to the faculty of CCM’s Department of Piano.
July 27, 2013Great Review from Santa Fe Reporter. Click here for a few videos!"Soyeon Kate Lee’s piano recital at the second of the SFCMF’s noon concerts on July 18 featured works by Janáček, Scriabin, Beethoven and Stravinsky. The Czech composer’s furious, tragic Sonata, “Z ulice, 1.X.1905” (1906) commemorates a brutal bayoneting at a university demonstration. Lee’s persuasive command of the unique Janáček “voice” made powerful sense of the obsessive final movement marked “Death.”
Superbly pianistic accounts of two hyper-romantic Scriabin exercises followed. In the recital’s climax, Beethoven’s fathomless Op. 110 Sonata, Lee’s nuanced assurance and maturity of expression were a revelation. Her reading of Guido Agosti’s arrangement of Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” brought the concert to a headspinning finale. "
August 15, 2012Soyeon Wins First Prize at the 2010 Walter Naumburg Piano Competition!From the press: 'On Wednesday, June 24, 2010, the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation held the final round of the 2010 Naumburg Piano Competition. Three finalists, out of a pool of 42 pianists from around the world, were chosen to compete in the final round. The first prize was awarded to Soyeon Lee, a native of South Korea, who has 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.' She is the second pianist from South Korea to be awarded the Naumburg Piano Award following in the foot steps of Kun-Woo Paik who was the first prize winner in 1971. Her prize includes two fully subsidized concerts in New York City, one of which will be given on March 29, 2011 in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall; concert engagements with orchestra and in recital throughout the United States; and a cash award of $10,000.'
August 12, 2012Soyeon Kate LeeSigned to collaborate with veteran manager, Diane Saldick.
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 guest soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, symphony orchestras of Columbus, Bangor, Boca Raton, Wyoming, Bozeman, Cheyenne, Napa Valley, Scottsdale, Abilene, Naples, Santa Fe and Shreveport in the United States; the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), Ulsan Symphony Orchestra (South Korea), Orquesta de Valencia (Spain) and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Dominican Republic), including performances under the batons of Rafael Frühbeck 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 Art's Alice Tully Hall, Washington'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, tour of the Hawaiian Islands, Krannert Center, Herbst Theatre, and Finland’s Maanta Music Festival.
An active chamber musician, she frequently collaborates in many chamber music festivals throughout the United States including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Music Mountain, and 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 Scarlatti Sonatas, Liszt Opera Transcriptions, and two volumes of Scriabin works, with upcoming releases of 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 a feature review in the Gramophone Magazine and the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year Award.
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. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Ms. Lee was awarded every prize given to a pianist at Juilliard, 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 together young professionals in New York City. A Yamaha Artist, Ms. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Music in Piano at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, pianist Ran Dank, and their two children, Noah and Ella.
Huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style.The New York Times
Ms. Lee draws the listener into her playing through the involvement, intelligence and utter sincerity she brings to everything she touches.The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
A pianist with beautiful technique and refined sensibility, Soyeon Lee scored on each and every page of music with fascinating authenticity and, at the same time, with strong communication and dazzling playing. A perfect evening, a great master.El Paos (Madrid)
Soyeon Lee displayed a stunning command of the keyboard, from the beautifully gauged weighting of her finger strokes to the scrupulous calibration of inner voices and dynamics. The Washington Post
Lee clearly has an affinity for Scriabin; all the composer's impulsive fire was delivered with high energy but without overstatement, and his lyricism emerged in sweeping arcs that seemed as natural as breathing. Even better was Ravel's La Valse, which tapped such a rich vein of color and such cumulative power that the beauties of Ravel's more familiar orchestral version were barely missed.The Washington Post
She opens with one of the clearest, most articulate and pianistically worked-out renditions of the Bach/Busoni Chaconne I've ever heard.Gramophone
Her poise and command throughout Prokofiev's Seventh Sonata are also on the highest level, especially regarding the multi-levelled textures and impressionistic half-tints she draws from the Andante caloroso. In all, an outstanding release.Gramophone
She played with clarity, honesty and a supple yet full-bodied sound.The New York Times
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