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Junghwa Lee

Junghwa Lee

Korean native Junghwa Lee performs actively in solo recitals, chamber concerts and lecture recitals, and has frequently been concerto soloist, including appearances with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Salina Symphony Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and others. Lee has played solo recitals in Korea, Holland, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, China, the United Kingdom and the United States, including appearances at the Arts Center Concert Series at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, Shenyang Music Cultural Exchange Exhibition Between China and Foreign Countries Festival in China, Beethoven 32 Sonatas Recital Series in Singapore, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center and her New York debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a winner of Artists International’s Special Presentation Award. 

New York Concert Review says, “She is a pianist of acute intelligence, conviction, considerable technical accomplishment, and passion.”  The Philips County Review stated, “Flawless technique and exquisite attention to details left the young people and their parents dazzled by her performance…”  The Manhattan Mercury mentioned, “Lee’s beautifully persuasive playing...” and, “Lee…young woman pianist of dazzling technique and great presentational charm…delivered her highly demanding program with masterful artistic control, integrity, and refinement.” 

Winner of many competitions in Korea, including Sonyun-Hankuk-Ilbo, Wolgan-Eumak, Seoul National University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and the Korean Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Lee received the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, along with the Max Landow Memorial Scholarship for outstanding doctoral students and the Liberace Foundation Scholarship for Performing/Creative Artists.  An active collaborator as well as soloist, she received the Excellence in Accompanying Award from the Eastman School. 

Lee received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Seoul National University, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music.  Lee served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at Oklahoma State University, Assistant Professor of Piano at Fort Hays State University and is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) where she is Coordinator of the Keyboard Area and Director of SIUC Summer Piano Camp and Summer Piano Competition.
During this 2011-2012 season, Lee will perform solo recitals in Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, London, Paris and Amsterdam.