Dr. Jiyeon Lee, from Seoul, South Korea, is a versatile pianist, teacher and performer. She has had extensive experience working with various instrumentalists and singers in South Korea, the United Kingdom and America. While studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, she performed a song recital with French music specialist Roy Howat in celebration of the publication of Fauré Song Book Vol.1 (Peter’s Edition). She has worked as repetiteur on several opera productions in Seoul, including Kunyoung Lee’s Spring, Spring at Daejeon Opera. She was the official accompanist for Song-Pa Boys and Girls Choir, Air flute Ensemble, Chung-Ang University Flute Ensemble, Peniel Vocal Ensemble, Jung Kun Clarinet Studio, and was in full charge of accompanying the Seongbuk-Gu Arirang Children’s Song Contest.
While studying at West Virginia University, Dr. Lee worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant accompanying the chamber choir and community choir as well as musical theatre and vocal studio classes. She also was the pianist for WVU’s musical theatre group, New World Ensemble, led by Professor General Hambrick. Additionally, she accompanied ballet classes at WVU as well as the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the American College of Dance Association.
In addition to collaborating, she also performs as a soloist and piano duo partner. She has performed in several major recital venues in Seoul including a performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1, Op.11 with Seoul Musicali Orchestra in Young-San Art Hall. Also, she participated in the New Spring Concert at Chung-Ang University and performed a duo concert of Ensemble Cantabile in Mozart Hall. In America, she was a winner of Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Major Auditions and performed on their Major Artists Concert Series. She frequently performs duo recitals with her husband, pianist Anthony Gray.
She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Chung-Ang University, and her Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from Sung-Shin Women’s University as well as Music Master Course Certificates from the Art of Accompanying Institute, South Korea. Her teachers included Hye Kyoung Lee, Hun Won Yim, Bang Won Han, and Eun Young Lee. She also completed the Master of Arts in Piano Accompaniment Performance program at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with Ian Brown, John Reid and Andrew West. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano from West Virginia University where she studied with Dr. Lucy Mauro.
Dr. Lee was on the faculty at Soong-Sil University Conservatory in South Korea and is currently on the faculty at UVA-Wise and ETSU. At ETSU, she is teaching vocal and instrumental accompanying classes as well as vocal coaching individual students and accompanying the Opera Workshop, voice studio class, and the East Tennessee Belles Choir.