Soyeon Kate Lee—a pianist lauded by the New York Times for having “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination, and a firm sense of style”—will perform at Randolph College at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.
The program includes works by Maurice Ravel, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Frédéric Chopin, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw.
Lee is a member of the piano faculty at The Juilliard School and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Her recital at Randolph will be in honor of The Edwin H. and Elaine Dahl St. Vincent Music Fund, which will be used to bring outstanding musicians, including performers, teachers in residence, master class instructors, and composers, to campus.
Elaine Dahl St. Vincent, who died in 2020, served on the College’s faculty from 1947 to 1980 and chaired the music department from 1957 to 1979, influencing hundreds of students.
Like Vincent, Lee is a Juilliard alum and the perfect person to honor her.
“I really do think Elaine would approve,” Chua said. “She loved the piano, and she just had a really high standard for what she expected of students and the kind of music she wanted to share with them. Soyeon Kate Lee really exemplifies what Elaine valued in her teaching and her playing.”
A laureate of the Santander International Piano Competition and the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Lee is a graduate of Juilliard and earned her doctorate at the CUNY Graduate Center.
She is the first woman of Asian descent to join the piano faculty at Juilliard. She also serves as an associate professor of music in piano at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, where she received the 2021 University of Cincinnati Mrs. A.B. “Dolly” Cohen Award for excellence in teaching.
Lee is co-founder and artistic director of Music by the Glass, a concert series dedicated to bringing together young professionals in New York City.
She won first prize at the 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition and the 2004 Concert Artist Guild International Competition and has performed with the London, San Diego, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Naples symphony orchestras, among others.
In recent seasons, Lee has appeared at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. She’s also performed at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall, the National Gallery, Library of Congress, the Cleveland Art Museum, and Purdue Convocations.
Her discography includes the words of Scarlatti, Liszt, Scriabin, and Clementi, and her eco-awareness album, Re!nvented, won her the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year award.Tags: guest artists