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Junghwa Lee

Junghwa Lee, piano

Korean native Junghwa Lee is active in solo recitals, chamber concerts, and lecture-recitals. She has been a frequent concerto soloist with, among others, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Salina Symphony Orchestra, and Greeley Philharmonic. She has played solo recitals in thirteen countries, including appearances at the National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan), Shenyang Music Cultural Exchange Exhibition (China), the Beethoven 32 Sonatas Recital Series in Singapore, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center, and - as a winner of Artists International’s Special Presentation Award - her New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. 

New York Concert Review says, “She is a pianist of acute intelligence, conviction, considerable technical accomplishment, and passion.”  The Philips County Review noted that her “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 “masterful artistic control, integrity, and refinement.”

Winner of the Sonyun-Hankuk-Ilbo, Wolgan-Eumak, Seoul National University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Korean Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Lee received her Performer's Certificate from Eastman, along with the Max Landow Memorial Scholarship for outstanding doctoral students,  the Excellence in Accompanying Award, and the Liberace Foundation Scholarship for Performing/Creative Artists.

Lee earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance at Seoul National University and her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature from Eastman.  She 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, where she is Director of the SIU Summer Piano Camp and Summer Piano Competition. During this season, Lee will give solo recitals in several venues in the United States and will tour Australia and New Zealand.

This is her second Historical Piano Concerts appearance.