Pianist Dr. Bonghee Lee is an avid soloist and chamber musician. Her interviews, performances and recordings have been broadcast on Americana, HRT (Croatia), Far East Broadcasting Company (South Korea), The Floating Head of Zsa Zsa on WRUV (Vermont), and Korean Gospel Broadcasting Company (California). Having participated in numerous international festivals and concert series, Dr. Lee has established herself for excellence in both virtuosity and musicality. She has performed in numerous venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Yamaha Hall, and Columbia University in New York, Strathmore Mansion, Baltimore War Memorial, Shriver Hall, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, Falvey Hall in Maryland, and acclaimed venues in France, Canada, China, and South Korea.
Dr. Lee is the pianist of the L’abri Trio, a unique collaborative ensemble of piano, saxophone, and cello; their first album Trios Couleurs was released in 2018. In the same year, she was selected as a finalist at the Pro Musicis International Award with L’abri Trio. Dr. Lee is also engaged with the Presence Trio, an ensemble featuring piano and two saxophones, whose new album was released in 2019. With these two ensembles, she has annual global concert tours.
Dr. Lee earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a graduate assistantship at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she completed her Master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy under Sarah Stulman Zieler Prize and the Lillian Gutman Memorial Prize. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Yonsei University in South Korea.
Currently, Dr. Lee serves as an assistant professor at Northern Virginia Community College in Virginia, an adjunct professor at the Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University and the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland. Dr. Lee also has an avid interest in musical criticism, writing critiques and reviews, and has been a music columnist for the Korea Times since 2016 and Yewon Music Journal since 2019. She has also been actively working with composers around the world, commissioning and premiering works related to the most prominent genres of today.