South Korean native Ko Eun (Grace) Lee graduated with an Artist Diploma in Piano Performance at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2015. She completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and the Post Master’s Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2012. Her doctoral dissertation was “Isang Yun’s Musical Bilingualism: Serial Technique and Korean Elements in Fünf Stücke für Klavier (1958) and His Later Piano Works.” Dr. Lee received the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music in 2009. At UMKC, she was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Non-Resident Award and Conservatory Ovation Award. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy in 2007 and was named the outstanding senior graduate in piano.
Her major teachers include Kimberly Beasley, David Northington, Jane Solose, Robert Weirich, and Andrew Willis. Dr. Lee also studied piano pedagogy and completed Suzuki Piano Training (Books 1-7) with Fay Adams at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She has performed in master classes of internationally renowned pianists Kevin Kenner, Boaz Sharon, William Westney, Simone Dinnerstein, Jacques Després, Pascal Rogé, Jeremy Denk, Dror Biran, Joel Hastings, André Watts, and Byron Janis.
Ko Eun Lee has presented at numerous lecture-performances at conferences of the College Music Society in the U.S. and South Korea. She presented her lecture-performance on “Isang Yun’s Interludium A (1982): Its Relationship to the Piano Music of Debussy” at the annual conference of the 2016 CMS Great Plains Chapter at UMKC. She was also a featured performer and lecturer at the Composition in Asia International Symposium and Festival in Tampa in 2015. Dr. Lee served as an Instructor of Music/Staff Accompanist at the University of the Incarnate Word in 2012-2013 year. She currently resides in Asheville, and recently joined as a piano faculty at Academy for the Arts at First Baptist Church of Asheville. She is an active member of Asheville Area Piano Forum, Music Teachers National Association, College Music Society, and Suzuki Association of the Americas.
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