ChoEun Lee, piano

ChoEun Lee, piano

“ChoEun Lee™’s subtle phrasing was the epitome of expressive choral accompanying. Every note and phrase she touched was golden, EVERY note mattered, and that is something you do not often hear”

— Paul Carey, composer

Upcoming Performance:

The Lotusflower New Music Project
Recital Hall at CSUSB (San Bernardino, CA)
January 27, 2017 7:30PM


ChoEun Lee

ChoEun Lee, a native of Korea is an active pianist, vocal coach and chamber musician. She has given numerous performances in Korea, the United States, Austria, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand, in major venues including Carnegie Hall in NY City, Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood Music Center and Harris Concert Hall in Aspen Music Festival. She has worked extensively in recitals and masterclasses with renowned musicians, including Stephanie Blythe, Phyllis Curtin, Martin Katz, Anne Sofie von Otter, Christine Schäfer, Dawn Upshaw, Jake Heggie, Erie Mills, Alan Smith, Kenneth Griffiths, Jennifer Ringo, Linda Watson, Vinson Cole, Grant Gershon, and Diane Zola. She was a pianist in Opera gala concerts in Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, where she worked with Donna Brunsma, Gianfranco Cosmi, and Rolando Russo. She was twice invited to Tanglewood Music Festival, and has been named as a recipient of the Grace B. Jackson Prize. One of her performances in Seiji Ozawa Hall was broadcasted on WAMC. This summer of 2016, she was invited as a repetitor to American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, and she will be returning to the festival this summer in 2017. She is also invited to Emerging Artist Fellowship Program in Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar (Potsdam, NY) directed by Stephanie Blythe and Alan Smith. 

As a harpsichordist, ChoEun has performed many Baroque music concerts and she is also passionate about discovering and performing contemporary classical music and vocal chamber music. She has appeared many times at the Grandin Vocal Chamber Music Festival and has worked with Mary Dibbern, Warren Jones, Thomas Pasatieri, and Jake Heggie. She is one of the core artists of the LotusFlower New Music Project and, in its inaugural concert, she performed Chinary Ung’s Mihori in Pacific Asia Museum. In addition, she has premiered various works and have worked with many living composers, including John Harbison, Michael Gandolfi, Jake Heggie, Thomas Pasatieri and John Plant. 

ChoEun has been actively involved in choral ensembles. She has appeared at National Collegiate Choral Organization conference in Fort Collins, CO, in 2011, with Chamber Singers at USC, directed by Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe, where she was acclaimed by a composer, Paul Carey: ‘ChoEun Lee’s subtle phrasing was the epitome of expressive choral accompanying. Every note and phrase she touched was golden, EVERY note mattered, and that is something you do not often hear…’ ChoEun joined a choir tour with USC Chamber Singers to New Zealand and Australia, performing concerts in Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Sydney, and Brisbane.

ChoEun was awarded a master’s degree in collaborative piano studies from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she studied with Kenneth Griffiths, Sandra Rivers, and Donna Loewy. She earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Southern California in the studio of Dr. Alan Smith. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Beta Delta. She is a recipient of the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Keyboard Collaborative Arts scholarship four times. ChoEun taught at California State University, San Bernardino as a resident-collaborative pianist, vocal and instrumental coach, and opera music director. She served as a vice-president in the Riverside-San Bernardino Chapter of CAPMT (California Affiliate of the MTNA), and recently she was presented an Outstanding Member Award. Currently, ChoEun Lee is teaching at Lee University (Cleveland, TN) as an assistant professor in collaborative piano and vocal coaching. 


Nocturne, by Joseph Marx

Ellen Wieser, soprano
ChoEun Lee, piano

Sonata for Cello and Piano in B-flat major, Op. 45 by Felix Mendelssohn

  1. Allegro vivace

Frédéric Rosselet, cello
ChoEun Lee, piano

Herr Lenz by Richard Strauss

Steve Carroll, tenor
ChoEun Lee, piano




Jan 27 2017

The Lotusflower New Music Project

Recital Hall at CSUSB (San Bernardino, CA), 7:30PM

Mar 27 2017

Die schöne Müllerin - Faculty Recital

Squires Hall - Lee University, 7:30 pm


Apr 1 2017

21st Annual UTC Piano Arts Competition

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


Mar 3 2017

UTC Piano Arts Festival

UTC Roland Hayes Concert Hall CRHOeYao2wybQqVNaj

Summer Festival

May 22 2017

Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar

Potsdam, NY

Jul 3 2017

American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS)

Graz, Austria



Nov 10 2016

John Hamm Performing Arts Series: Jennifer Poff (sop) and ChoEun Lee (pf)

Chapel, Covenant College (Lookout Mountain, GA), 7:00PM

Nov 7 2016

Chorale Concert

Pangle Hall at Lee University (Cleveland, TN), 7:30PM

Oct 30 2016

The Lee University Percussion Ensemble Concert

Conn Center at Lee University (Cleveland, TN), 3:00PM

Aug 31 2016

Guest Artists Recital: Mary Bowden & David Dash, trumpet

Squires Recital Hall, Lee University (Cleveland, TN), 7:30PM

Aug 8 2016


Vortragssaal at GrazMuseum (Graz, Austria), 7:30PM

Aug 6 2016


Festsaal at Odilien-Institut (Graz, Austria), 7:30PM

May 6 2016

Don Pasquale a La Tarantino (CSUSB Opera Theatre)

Recital Hall at CSUSB, 7:30PM

Feb 13 2016

The Seven Deadly Sins

Vine Theatre (San Diego, CA), 7:30PM

Oct 31 2015

Lurking, Soaring

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 2PM

Oct 28 2015

Guest Artist Recital

New England Conservatory (Boston, MA), 2:00PM

Oct 4 2015

A Deep Clear Breath of Life

Claremont United Methodist Church (Claremont, CA), 2:00PM

Sep 9 2015

A Deep Clear Breath of Life

Smith Recital Hall, San Diego State University, 12PM

Jul 14 2015


California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA), 7:00PM

May 6 2015

Faculty Recital

Smith Recital Hall, SDSU (San Diego, CA), 12:00PM

Mar 7 2015

The Lotusflower New Music Project

Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena, CA), 7:30PM

Feb 15 2015

Faculty Recital

Indian Wells Theatre (Palm Desert, CA), 2:00PM


May 2 2015

La Curandera

California State Univ. San Bernardino (CA), 7:30PM

May 1 2015

La Curandera

California State Univ. San Bernardino (CA), 7:30PM


May 3 2015

Student Evaluations

University of Redlands (Redlands, CA)

Mar 21 2015

Mountain View District Music Festival

Chaffey College (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)

Summer Festival

Jul 4 2016

American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS)

Graz (Austria)