Soyeon Lee

Soyeon Lee


Re!nvented! An Eco-Friendly Pianist Wears Her Heart on Her Recycled Sleeveless Dress. "Huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style." New York Times


Re!nvented is the first-ever eco awareness classical concert presented by pianist Soyeon Lee, inspired by Live Earth and ignited by a garbage can overflowing with non-recyclable aluminum drink pouches.

This is an unprecedented platform for bringing exceptional classical music and environmental awareness together.

In collaboration with two eco-passionate companies, TerraCycle, Inc and Honest Tea, Inc, and the creativity of Brooklyn designer, Nina Valenti, Soyeon commissioned a concert gown made from over 6000 used juice pouches that were collected through the TerraCycle-Honest Tea Brigade program by school children over a 6 month period.

Music has always been re-used, re-cycled, and re-invented throughout history. The Re!nvented concert took place at Carnegie Hall in February 2008. The first half of the program featured the first book of Iberia by the Albeniz and seventh sonata by Prokofiev with Ms. Lee in standard concert attire.

Ms. Lee performed the second half in the designer Juice Pouch Dress and in keeping with the message of re-using, the program was devoted to Re!nvented works- from Busoni's transcription of Bach's Chaconne for solo violin, to a world premiere of Huang Ruo's reworking of his own chamber concerto, to the spellbinding transcription of Ravel's la valse for Orchestra.

Lauded by the Washington Post for her "stunning command of the keyboard," Korean pianist Soyeon Lee's deeply communicative and passionate performances garner acclaim from audiences and critics alike around the world. Her many distinctions include awards at the Concert Artists Guild, Cleveland and Paloma O'Shea Santander International Competitions and profiles in both Musical America and Symphony Magazine.

Ms. Lee's 2007-08 seasons begins with the opening recital of Merkin Concert Hall's Tuesday Matinee Series, and highlights include tonight's debut at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on the CAG series, a collaboration with the Parker String Quartet at the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Rockefeller University, and Minnesota's Music in the Park, as well as concerto engagements with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Scottsdale Symphony, and the Napa Valley Symphony.

As a recipient of The Juilliard School's prestigious William Petschek Piano Debut Award, Ms. Lee gave her recital debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Also in 2004, as part of her prize in the CAG Competition, she was presented in her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut for which The New York Times described her as a pianist with "a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style." Additional honors include Second Prize and the Mozart Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, a Bronze Medal at the Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition, two consecutive prizes at Juilliard's Gina Bachauer Competition, a Susan Rose Career Grant, and the Arthur Rubinstein Award, also from Juilliard.

Ms. Lee has collaborated with Jahja Ling, Otto-Werner Mueller and Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and has been heard with the Cleveland Orchestra, London Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional (Dominican Republic), Shreveport Symphony, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony.

Following her recital debut in Madrid's Auditorio de Musica de Nacional, El Pais raved, "Soyeon Lee scored on all and each of the pages with fascinating authenticity and, at the same time, with strong communicative dazzle. Perfect evening. Great master." Recent recital highlights include a 13-city tour of Spain, Terrace Theatre at Kennedy Center, Ravinia's Bennett Gordon Hall, Severance Hall in Cleveland, and Baek-Am Art Hall in Seoul.

An avid and versatile chamber musician, Ms. Lee has been heard at the Laguna Beach Chamber Music Festival, featuring concerts with bassist Edgar Meyer and in a critically acclaimed Mozart concerto for piano and strings, Edgeffect Ensemble with Mark O'Connor, and joint concerts in Korea with her pop-star sister, Soeun Lee.

Following her feature on the cover of SYMPHONY Magazine's annual Emerging Artists issue in 2006, Naxos released her debut CD featuring the sonatas of Scarlatti to critical acclaim in 2007. In 2008 Musical America's "Rising Young Artists" article, Harris Goldsmith praises the Scarlatti album as "an exquisitely patrician, vigorous, and supremely imaginative collection."

Ms. Lee has been heard live on WQXR New York's McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase and WNYC's Soundcheck with John Schaefer, as well as recorded performances on NPR and WGMS in Washington DC and WCLV in Cleveland. A classical music documentary featuring Ms. Lee, called "Classic Club," has been aired nationally in Japan on NHK.

Ms. Lee graduated from the Juilliard School, earning her Bachelor's and Master's degrees and the Artist Diploma, studying with Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald.


Set List


BARTOK Concerto No.3

BEETHOVEN Concerto No.1 in C Major, Op.15
Concerto No.2 in B-flat Major, Op.19
Concerto No.4 in G Major, Op.58
Concerto No.5 in E-flat Major, Op.73

CHOPIN Concerto No.1 in E Minor, Op.11
Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21

FRANCK Variations Symphoniques

GRIEG Concerto in A Minor

MOZART Concerto No.12 in A Major, K414
Concerto No.20 in D Minor, K466
Concerto No.23 in A Major, K488

PROKOFIEV Concerto No.1 in D-flat Major Op.10
Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op.16

RACHMANINOFF Concerto No.2 in C Minor, Op.18
Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini, Op.43

RAVEL Concerto in G

SCHUMANN Concerto in A Minor

TCHAIKOVSKY Concerto No.1 in B-flat Major

Sample Program for Re!nvented:

PROGRAM A (one-hour- no intermission)

Bach Selections from Partita No.4 in D Major (13’)