Biography: John Lee

John LeeA native of Seattle, WA, John Lee began to play the piano at the age of 9. He won many awards and scholarships for his performances throughout his career, including summer festivals and prizes for placement in competitions. Among these included is first prize in the Simon-Fiset scholarship competition for several consecutive years in a row. He played on Seattle’s King FM station several times, performed in the Ilsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall, and also performed with the local Emeritus orchestra twice.
In 2001, John went to the Oberlin Conservatory to study with Robert Shannon. In 2004 he was chosen to represent his division in the MTNA Nationals. He was chosen to participate in the Las Vegas Music Festival and the Banff Summer Music Festival. He has been at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2006 with Sergei Babayan. In 2008, his group won the Darius Milhaud competition at CIM. He also won CIM’s Concerto Competition in 2010. During the summer of 2010 he was chosen to be the Orchestra Pianist for the National Repertory Orchestra. Throughout his career, he has participated in Master Classes with artists as Richard Goode, Jerome Lowenthal, Nelita True, Andre Watts, and Leon Fleisher. Currently, he is finishing his DMA program at CIM.