Biola AffiliationsFaculty


  • Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Southern California
  • Master of Music, Indiana University
  • Bachelor of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music


Pianist Hee-Seung Lee has appeared internationally as a soloist and a collaborative artist. Lee has won first prize in numerous competitions including Eum Hyup Competition of Korea, Redlands Bowl Young Artist Competition, Glendale Piano Competition, and Palisades Symphony Young Artist Competition, among many others. Lee has presented piano solo and duo recitals as a guest artist at colleges and distinguished venues around the world, while her chamber performances were exclusively heard at Seoul Arts Center in Korea, LACMA Bing Theater, Soka Performing Arts Center, and Steinway Piano Galleries.

Lee demonstrated her passion for early music through concerts with Camerata Barocca Claudio Monteverdi, American Bach Soloists Festival, the San Francisco Early Music Society Baroque Workshop, Los Angeles Chamber Choir, and USC Baroque Sinfonia as a harpsichordist. Lee also has world-premiered works by Roman Ryterband and Donald Wilson, and west coast-premiered works by Don Freund, Elliott Bark, and Shinuh Lee.

She received a bachelor’s degree in music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music under full scholarship, receiving a piano faculty prize upon graduation; a master’s of music and a Performer Diploma from Indiana University under fellowship; and a doctorate in musical arts from USC Thornton School of Music under merit scholarship.

Lee has served as an associate instructor of piano at Indiana University, an assistant to the director of the Early Music Program at USC, a pianist of Ensemble Christo, and piano faculty at Concordia University Irvine for the 2021 Summer Chamber Music Camp. She is currently adjunct faculty at Whittier College and a chamber coach at the Junior Chamber Music. Her students have won top prizes in several prestigious competitions and were heard at reputable venues such as Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and St. Petersburg Concert Hall in Russia.

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