A native of South Korea, Kowoon Lee started piano at age 4 and made her solo debut at age 16 with the Chungnam Symphony Orchestra. She has since performed internationally with many orchestras and ensembles in South Korea, United States, Czech Republic, and Italy, such as Janacek Concert Chamber Orchestra, Romania Banatul Timisoara Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory Orchestra, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Kansas City Ballet, Percussions Ensemble, Seoul National University Orchestra, and Sookmyung Festival Orchestra. She won numerous competitions and played at masterclasses of Freddy Kempf, Alain Jacquon, Klaus Schilde, Francois Thinat, Sontraud Speidel, Billy Eidi, Peter Barcaba, and Hey Young Park.
A devotee of new music, Ms. Lee has performed music by living composers, such as Chen Yi, James Mobberly, Karen Tanaka, Juri Seo, Wang A-Mao, and Vera Ivanova at Musica Nova and Composers’ Guild concert series. She was invited to perform at the national conference of SCI (Society of Composers, Inc.). Her lecture-recital “21st Century Music for Solo Piano by Living East Asian Women Composers” was selected to present at the 2018 Women Composers Festival of Hartford (Hartford, Connecticut) and the 10th World Piano Conference (Novi Sad, Serbia).
Ms. Lee has participated in national/international festivals and conferences, such as Enmyoun Piano Academy Music Camp, J&R Music Academy Music Camp, Rebecca Penny’s Piano Festival, Society for American Music, and PyeongChang Music Festival. She was also selected to present her research “Tools and Techniques to Improve Sight-Reading Skills” at the national conference of the Music Teachers National Association. At the Interlochen Arts Camps, Ms. Lee worked as a teaching assistant and a collaborative pianist/coach. She also served as a collaborative pianist for the annual concerto/aria competition at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Ms. Lee now is an adjunct assistant professor of music at Cottey College. She is pursuing her DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) in Piano Performance with a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she studies with Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz and Dr. Robert Weirich. She earned her MM (Master of Music) and PD (Performer Diploma) from Indiana University with Dr. Karen Shaw, where she received her full scholarship as an Associate Instructor. She graduated from Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea with Dr. HyeSoo Jeon. This fall, Ms. Lee joins the Young Artists Music Academy as a faculty.