Pianist | Professor | Parent
Brian Lee has given numerous solo performances in the Chicago area and beyond, including notable venues such as the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Bargemusic in New York City, and his son’s pre-school class. He has also been featured as soloist with professional and community orchestras and has given premieres of works by American composers such as Gunther Schuller, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and Alex Freeman. His recording of Freeman’s Piano Sonata, which was recorded at the Sibelius Academy in Finland, is part of the critically acclaimed “Inner Voice” album on Albany Records, and a new solo album of works by Brahms was released this fall by Blue Griffin Recording.
But what Brian has found as enjoyable and fulfilling as being a soloist, is having had the opportunity to make music with others. He has collaborated with cellist Joel Krosnick of the Juilliard String Quartet, mezzo-soprano Emily Lodine, and regularly performs with well-known Chicago artists such as violinist David Taylor, flutist Lyon Leifer, and pianist William Phemister. A recent collaboration with Mr. Taylor was broadcast and streamed live as part of WFMT’s signature full-length recital series, “Live from WFMT.”
A dedicated educator, in large part due to the many teachers that encouraged and inspired him in the past: piano teachers, classroom teachers, public school music teachers, pastors, and his mother and father, both of whom sang in the church choir and played countless classical music recordings at home during his youth. Brian is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Piano Studies at Moody Bible Institute, where he teaches remarkable students and works with wonderful colleagues. He has also served on the faculties of Northwestern College (Iowa), Wheaton College, and has been invited as a guest artist, adjudicator and masterclass teacher at many educational institutions, competitions and festivals, both at the college and pre-college levels. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, New England Conservatory, and The Juilliard School, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
Native of Canada, Brian was born in Seoul, South Korea and loves Korean food to this day. He has lived in the United States for most of his life, where he continues to reside, work, and raise his family. He and his wife Helen, an accomplished writer and editor, have three children who make their lives more crazy and wonderful.