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Jinah Lee

Adjunct Lecturer, Piano



Jinah Lee, while pursuing her Master’s degree, served as an associate instructor at the Manhattan School of Music. She later earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a full scholarship, studying under the world-renowned pianist Ian Hobson.

Throughout her career, Lee has received various awards and recognitions. She won the University of Illinois Concerto Competition, allowing her to perform Rachmaninoff concerto No. 2 with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra at the Krannert Art Center. She also won the Best Performance of a Polish Composer award at the Fifth Washington International Piano Artists Competition. She had her New York debut recital at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall, following her win in the Artist International Competition.

As both a soloist and chamber musician, Lee performed across the United States and Europe. Her performances have included the Sunset Concert at the Shandlee Music Festival in New York, the Concerto Italiano Music Festival in Caplarora, Italy, and at prestigious venues such as the Art Cult Center at the University of Vienna in Austria, the Prague International Music Festival and Steinway Hall in New York. She has also performed in both the U.S. and Korean classical music scenes, including recitals at Phillips Hall at George Washington University, Alice Miller Hall at Northwestern University and the Seoul Art Center, as well as invitations to perform duo recitals at the Ewon Art Center and 20th-century music concerts at Buam Art Hall. Lee participated in numerous master classes led by internationally acclaimed pianists such as Inchen Zong, David Buechner, Nina Svetlanova, Ruth Slenczynska and Joseph Seiger.

Her recent performances include a Beethoven Sonata Series recital at Woo-in Art Hall in Seoul, a duo concert at Seoul Sejong Chamber Hall, ensemble concerts and duo concert at Watters Theater, and faculty solo recitals at Casadesus Hall and Anderson Center Chamber Hall.

In addition to her performances, Lee is committed to music education and currently serves as a teacher, accompanist and vocal coach in the Binghamton Music Department.


  • DMA, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • MA, Manhattan School of Music
  • BA, Seoul National University

Research Interests

  • Piano


  • Best Performance of a Polish Composer at the fifth Washington International Piano Artists Competition
  • Winner of the University of Illinois Concerto Competition
  • Winner of the Artist International Competition