Pianist Junghwa Lee, a native of Korea, performs actively in solo recitals, chamber concerts and lecture recitals, and has frequently appeared in concerto performances as a soloist and has presented solo performances in 15 countries.
Winner of many competitions in Korea, including Sonyun-Hankuk-Ilbo, Wolgan-Eumak, Seoul National University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and the Korean Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Lee received the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, along with the Max Landow Memorial Scholarship and the Liberace Foundation Scholarship for Performing/Creative Artists. As an active collaborator as well as soloist, she received the Excellence in Accompanying Award from the Eastman School.
Lee recorded the Complete Piano Works by Frank Stemper which has been released by Albany Records titled BLUE13. The CD has received a Gold Medal from Global Music Awards. In addition, it has been selected for Global Music Awards Top Ten Albums 2015.
With her interest in promoting music for young students and the community, she has initiated and directed musical events, such as the Hays Spring Music Project and Scholarship Musicale in the Hays, Kansas area. As a dedicated teacher as well as performer, she has taught at many clinics, festivals and masterclasses, and organized the Fort Hays State University (FHSU) High School Piano Competition and the FHSU Summer Piano Camp, and directed the Cottonwood Music Project, a weeklong chamber music outreach program and concerts in the Hays, Kansas area. She is currently Director of SIU Summer Piano Camp and Competition, as well as Director of Southern Illinois Piano Festival.
Lee is Associate Professor of Piano at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at Oklahoma State University and Assistant Professor of Piano at Fort Hays State University.
Lee received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Seoul National University. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music.
Her upcoming performance engagements include a music festival in Chile, concert series in Thailand, Singapore, Korea, France, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.