Korean-American pianist Jenny J. Lee received her Master’s Degree at the Yale School of Music in the studio of Peter Frankl and under the mentorship of Wei-Yi Yang and Christopher Elton. In addition to her solo studies, Lee is a committed chamber musician and has performed in Yale’s Oneppo Chamber Music Series for its Competition Winners Concert. Most recently, Jenny was named the 3rd Place National Winner of The 2022 American Prize Competition in the Performing Arts (Solo Piano Division).
She previously studied with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she completed her Bachelor’s on full scholarship as a Jacobs Scholar. In Fall 2019, Jenny began her Doctoral studies with Vladimir Viardo at the University of North Texas as a Teaching Fellow for the Keyboard Department and as a recipient of the College of Music’s Eastman Scholarship.
Lee held Solo Piano Fellowships at the Bowdoin International Music Festival (2018), Sarasota Music Festival (2017), and the Music Academy of the West (2015). She also participated in programs at Pianofest in the Hamptons, Académie Internationale de Courchevel in France, and the Pilsen International Music Academy in the Czech Republic. In various masterclasses, she had the opportunity to privately work with and draw inspiration from renowned artists such as Yong Hi Moon, Asaf Zohar, Angela Cheng, Thomas Adès, Alan Chow, Boris Berman, Melvin Chen, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Leon Fleisher.
Lee has recently been featured on WQXR New York’s Classical Music Radio Station as part of its Young Artists Showcase. She received top prizes in the American Protégé International Competition, the Young Pianists of New Jersey Competition, and the Steinway Society Scholarship Competition. Lee is a 2014 Finalist of the 7th New York International Piano Competition, and in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, gave a debut recital at the Downtown Music at Grace Concert Series. She has also studied with Marc Silverman (from 2003-2007) and Jeffrey Cohen (from 2007-2012) at the Manhattan School of Music’s Pre-College Division, where she was an awardee of the Elva van Gelder Memorial Scholarship.
In August 2022, Jenny joined the faculty at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, where she teaches applied piano lessons, chamber music, and a general education course titled, “Exploring Music Through the Piano”.