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Jinah Lee

Adjunct Lecturer, Piano



Born in Seoul, Jinah Lee graduated from Seoul National University and earned her Master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music where she continued as an associate instructor. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with full scholarship, where she studied with Ian Hobson. Pianist Lee has earned numerous awards and recognitions. As the winner of the University of Illinois Concerto Competition in 2006, she performed a Rachmaninoff concerto with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra at the Krannert Art Center. In 2007, she won the “Best Performance of Polish Composer” at the Fifth Washington International Piano Artists Competition. She made her New York debut recital in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall as the winner of the Artist International Competition. Ms. Lee has performed extensively in the United States and Europe as a soloist and a chamber player. She has performed at Sunset Concert at Shandlee Music Festival in New York; the Concerto Italiano Music Festival in Caplarora, Italy; Art Cult Center, University of Vienna, in Austria; Prague International Music Festival; Steinway Hall, New York. She has also appeared in the U.S. and Korean classical music scenes. Highlights include recitals at Phillips Hall at George Washington University, at Alice Miller Hall at Northwestern University, at Seoul Art Center, a duo recital invited by Ewon Art Center, a 20th century music concert invited by Buam Art Hall. She participated in numerous master classes led by internationally acclaimed pianists such as Inchen Zong, David Buechner, Nina Svetlanova, Ruth Slenczynska and Joseph Seiger. Recent recitals include a Beethoven Sonata Series recital at Wooin Art Hall in Seoul; a duo concert in Seoul Sejong Chamber Hall and faculty recitals at Casadesus Hall and Anderson Chamber Hall (2015). She has also appeared as an ensemble player in Watters Theater duo concert and Piano Extravaganza concert.


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

Research Interests

  • Piano


  • Best Performance of Polish Composer at the Fifth Washington International Piano Artists Competition, 2007