Hyuk Lee, Korea

Hyuk Lee was born in Seoul in 2000 and began his career in music when he was just three years old, studying violin and piano.

From a very young age, he had great enthusiasm for listening to music and learning musical instruments and to better support his musical studies, he decided to do homeschooling, with combined studies at the Sunhwa Pre-College Music Academy.

After taking the Grand Prize at the 2009 Little Mozart Competition, he had the privilege of being invited by the Mirabell Chamber Orchestra to a concert in Salzburg, Austria. In addition, he was selected as a music scholarship recipient of the Doosan Yonkang Foundation, which contributes to the development of Korean culture and arts.

In 2012, when he was 12 years old, he had the honor of being the youngest person in competition history to win the Grand Prize at the 8th Moscow International F. Chopin Competition for Young Pianists, as well as winning the Best Concerto Award prize for his performance with orchestra.

With the guidance of Prof. Arnold Stefan, a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, he began to take the challenge of studying piano more and more seriously. In 2014, he moved to Moscow, Russia, and continued to study at the Moscow Central Music School.

In 2016, at the age of 16, he participated in his first senior competition, the 10th Paderewski Competition in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He was the youngest person in history to win this competition. In 2018, he received Third Prize at the 10th Hamamatsu Competition in Hamamatsu, Japan.

Hyuk Lee now studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with professor Vladimir Ovchinnikov, and he continues his concert activity at various concert halls and festivals, such as Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, the 72nd Duszniki Chopin Piano Festival, Bolshoi Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Czech Smetana Hall, Rudolfinum (Dvořák Hall), National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Paris Salle Cortot, Seoul Arts Center, Tokyo Kioi Hall, and Yamaha Ginza Hall, among others.

Also an active chamber musician, he received First Prize at the 8th Moscow Beethoven Festival in the group “Chamber Ensemble,” in Moscow, Russia. 

Competitor, Spivakov Foundation Prize: Second Triennial Olga Kern International Piano Competition. October 27–November 3, 2019. Albuquerque, New Mexico.