Soyeon Kate Lee


First prize winner of the Naumburg International Piano Competition and the 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 a guest soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, among others in the United States; the Daejeon Philharmonic, Ulsan Symphony Orchestra (South Korea), Orquesta de Valencia (Spain) and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Dominican Republic).

Solo recital appearances include programs at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Ravinia Festival’s “Rising Stars” series, Auditorio de Musica de Nacional in Madrid, and Finland’s Maanta Music Festival.

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 Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two program, where her performance of the Mozart Piano Trio was broadcast on PBS Live from Lincoln Center.

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Lee was awarded every prize given to a pianist at Juilliard including the William Petschek Piano Debut Award at Lincoln Center. Her discography spans two volumes of Scarlatti Sonatas, Liszt Opera Transcriptions, two volumes of Scriabin works, and Clementi Sonatas on the Naxos label and her eco-awareness album, Re!nvented, label garnered her a feature review in the Gramophone Magazine and the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year Award.

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. Lee is an Associate Professor of Piano at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. 


Ruth Laredo Endowed Piano Chair


June 2022