Jennifer Lee, DMA., MMP (Guildhall Artist)

Since her critically acclaimed solo debut at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre (London), Ms. Lee continues to perform extensively at major venues in UK and abroad as a recitalist and chamber musician. She was successful in winning prizes at the 8th Scottish International Piano Competition, Royal Overseas League Competition, 2011 Dudley International Piano Competition, 2010 Academie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel, Myra Hess Award (MBF), Making Music Awards and First Prize at the Eastbourne Symphony Young Soloists Competition among others. She has recently completed her doctorate degree sponsored by Creative New Zealand at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and City University London. Also a keen teacher, Jennifer has given lectures and masterclasses in the UK and New Zealand. 

Full biography

Born in Seoul, Korea, Ms. Lee began her piano studies at the age of five. At eleven she and her family moved to New Zealand where she completed her undergraduate degree with distinction at Victoria University in New Zealand in 2005. 

Ms. Lee won a full scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she entered the class of Martin Roscoe. In 2006 she gained her Master’s degree with Distinction and in 2007 she was awarded MMP (Guildhall Artist). She has succeeded in winning a myriad of prizes such as the Henderson Prize at the 8th Scottish International Piano Competition; 2010 Academie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel Prize; the McCullum Prize at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London; Myra Hess Award (Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, UK); Guildhall School's Romantic Piano Prize; Raymond Fox Bursary from Making Music Awards, First Prize in the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition (UK) and the English-Speaking Union Scholarship. She has given solo recitals throughout UK and abroad in venues such as the Southbank Centre, St. James’s Piccadilly, Jerwood Hall in LSO St. Luke’s, St Martin’s-in-the-field, Birmingham Town Hall and many others. She has appeared as a recitalist at the Yamaha Piano Concert Series in London, 2013 Illuminating Britten Event at the Barbican Centre, Ribble Valley International Piano Festival, Winchester Music Festival. She has collaborated with Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra (UK), Wellington Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestra and Victoria University Orchestra and has worked in masterclasses with Stephen Kovacevich, Emanuel Ax, Arie Vardi, Pascal Roge, John Perry, Bernard d’Ascoli, Dominique Merlet. Her major teachers include Martin Roscoe, Diedre Irons, Joan Havill and Thomas Hecht. 

Jennifer completed her DMA degree in Musical Performance at the Guildhall School and City University of London, under academic supervision by Rhian Samuel. Her doctoral thesis discusses the music of the renowned Korean composer, Unsuk Chin. She has received generous sponsorships from MB Adams Scholarship, Sheldon Award, Taylor Wessing Company, Myra Hess Foundation (MBF) and Creative New Zealand.