Narae Lee, Korea

Korean-born pianist Narae Lee began to play the piano at the age of seven and made her official debut at the Rising Young Stars Concert a year later.

She has won numerous prizes and participated in competitions and festivals, both nationally and internationally, including the Wideman Piano Competition, Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Delta Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition, Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artists Competition, the World Piano Competition, Art of the Piano, Chautauqua Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival as an assistant of Piano and Collaborative Piano faculties, New Paltz Piano Summer, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, Samick-Seiler Piano Competition, the Mayor of Seoul City Prize, the Grand Prix Round Prize, and the 21st-Century Artist Special Prize at Osaka International Piano Competition in Japan. She has recently won the top prize at the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington DC. 

As a winner of the Seoul Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Ms. Lee made her orchestral debut with Seoul Philharmonic during the 18th Annual Concert at the National Theater of Korea in 2009. Also, she has performed with the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra and the CCM Concert Orchestra as a winner of the CCM Piano Concerto Competition (Piano Concerto for the Left Hand by Ravel). As a soloist, she has appeared at the Piano Gala Concert at the Eastern Music Festival with the piano faculty, the New Artists Series Recital, and the Samick-Seiler New Artists Concert at Youngsan Art Hall. She has performed international masterclasses given by Alexander Gavrylyuk, Andreas Haeflinger, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert McDonald, Kevin Kenner, Jerome Rose, Alexander Toradze, and Blanca Uribe. 

Ms. Lee studied at Sunhwa Arts High School with Jeeyoung Shin and Yonsei University with Misha Kim in South Korea. She has earned her Bachelor of Music degree as a Cum Laude studying under the tutelage of Awadagin Pratt from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Ms. Lee was a recipient of the Honors Scholarship and William Black Award. After her Bachelor of Music degree, she moved to Baltimore, Maryland, to study further for her Master of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Boris Slutsky. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Conservatory. 

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