ChoEun Lee, a native of Korea is an active pianist, vocal coach and chamber musician. She has given numerous performances in Korea, the United States, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand, in major venues including Carnegie Hall in NY City, Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood Music Center and Harris Concert Hall in Aspen Music Festival. She has worked extensively in recitals and masterclasses with renowned musicians, including Stephanie Blythe, Martin Katz, Anne Sofie von Otter, Christine Schäfer, Dawn Upshaw, Jake Heggie, Erie Mills, Vinson Cole, Grant Gershon, and Diane Zola. She was a pianist in Opera gala concerts in Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, where she worked with Donna Brunsma, Gianfranco Cosmi, and Rolando Russo. She was twice invited to Tanglewood Music Festival, and has been named as a recipient of the Grace B. Jackson Prize. One of her performances in Seiji Ozawa Hall was broadcasted on WAMC.
ChoEun, as a harpsichordist, has performed many Baroque music concerts and she is also passionate about discovering and performing contemporary classical music and vocal chamber music. She has appeared many times at the Grandin Vocal Chamber Music Festival, and she is one of the core artists of the LotusFlower New Music Project. In addition, she has premiered various works and have worked with many living composers, including John Harbison, Michael Gandolfi, Jake Heggie, Thomas Pasatieri, and John Plant.
ChoEun was awarded a master’s degree in collaborative piano studies from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she studied with Kenneth Griffiths, Sandra Rivers, and Donna Loewy. She earned her doctoral degree at the University of Southern California in the studio of Dr. Alan Smith. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Beta Delta. She is a recipient of the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Keyboard Collaborative Arts scholarship four times. ChoEun has been teaching at California State University, San Bernardino as a collaborative pianist, coach, and opera music director and serves as a vice-president of CAPMT Riverside-San Bernardino Chapter. ChoEun will be joining the Lee University in Cleveland, TN, as an Assistant Professor in Collaborative Piano/Vocal Coach the fall of 2016.