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. Recently she was invited to Emerging Artist Fellowship Program in Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar (Potsdam, NY) directed by Stephanie Blythe and Alan Smith. In summer of 2016 and 2017, 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 2018.
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 has collaborated 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 were 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. 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.