Pianist Bonghee Lee is an avid soloist and chamber musician. Having participated in numerous international festivals and concert series, Bonghee has established herself for excellence in both virtuosity and musicality. She has performed in numerous venues including Columbia University and Lincoln Center in New York, Strathmore Mansion, Baltimore War Memorial, Shriver Hall, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, Friedberg Concert Hall, Falvey Hall in Maryland, and acclaimed concert halls in France, Canada, China and South Korea. Highlights of the 2018/19 season include a concert tour and masterclass in China, South Korea, and across the U.S.
Bonghee 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 July 2018. Most recently, Bonghee was selected as a finalist at the Pro Musicis International Award with L’abri Trio. She is also engaged with the Presence Trio, an ensemble featuring piano and two saxophones, whose new album was released in June 2019.
Bonghee holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Yonsei University in South Korea, and earned her Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she was awarded both the Sarah Stulman Zieler Prize and the Lillian Gutman Memorial Prize.
Currently under the guidance of Ellen Mack, Bonghee is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the Peabody Conservatory. She has worked at Peabody as a Graduate Assistant in the Accompanying Department, and has held a position as an accompanist at the Peabody Conservatory and Preparatory since 2010.
Bonghee is passionate about teaching and is currently a piano faculty member at the International School of Music, the Park School of Baltimore, and Woodbridge Music in Maryland. She also has an avid interest in musical criticism, writing critiques and reviews, and has been a music columnist for the Korea Timessince 2016 and Yewon Music Journalsince 2019.
Korean pianist, SooJung Kim, has appeared as a soloist, collaborative artist and chamber musician in Asia, North America and abroad, including at Ward Recital Hall, Gould Rehearsal Hall at the Curtis Institute, Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, LeClerc Hall, Leith Symington Griswold Hall, Korea National University of Arts Concert Hall, Yeong San Arts Center and Korean Times Arts Center.
As a winner of International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington D.C as well as the best performance prize of “Ballad” by Li-ly Chang, Ms. Kim has won top prizes at all the major national competitions, some of which are the Samich&Bechstein Competition (First Prize), Korea Music Association Competition (First Prize), Korea Times Competition (First Prize), the Teenager Artist Musical Competition (Third Prize), Seoul Competition (Second Prize) and NanPa Hong Korea Famous Composer Competition (Third Prize).
After completing Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, Ms. Kim is pursuing Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University under Yong Hi Moon, where she is a recipient of the Leon Fleisher Scholars Funds and Catherine Laura Stevens Mehr Memorial Scholarship. Her primary studies were with Benjamin Pasternack, Korean virtuoso pianist HaeSun Paik, Dae Jin Kim and Mi Kyung Kim at Yewon School, Seoul Arts High School and Korea National University of Arts in the Preparatory Division. SooJung has taken master classes with notable artists, John O’Conor, KarlHeinz Kammerling, Hans Leygraf, Peter Frankl, Kevin Kenner, Martin Canin, Robert McDonald and Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Along with all her accomplishments, a mayor and South Korea's former president, MyungBak Lee, supports her studies since 2005. She will continue her studies at Peabody in both Vocal Accompanying and Music Theory Pedagogy in fall 2018 and will serve as full-time Graduate Assistant in accompanying.