Nathan Lee is a
Young Concert Artist

Pianist Nathan Lee is a young artist who connects with his audiences by sharing a depth of musical expression well beyond his years. He was recently honored with the special Tabor Foundation Award at the 2019 Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, and at the age of fifteen he won First Prize in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and no less than fourteen special Concert Prizes, plus the Mortimer Levitt Piano Chair of YCA.

Mr. Lee has already appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Buffalo Philharmonic on NPR’s From the Top, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle (NC), Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río in Mexico and Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea. Upcoming concertos include Mozart with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Lee made his New York debut at sixteen in The Peter Marino Concert, opening the YCA Series at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, with additional support from the Paul A. Fish Memorial Fund. The Korean Concert Society Prize sponsored Mr. Lee’s sold-out, critically-acclaimed Kennedy Center debut in Washington, DC, a co-presentation of YCA and Washington Performing Arts. He appears on the YCA “Encores” Series at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York this season, in a program that includes Young Concert Artists composer Chris Rogerson’s ‘Til It Was Dark.

In recital this season, Nathan Lee’s schedule includes engagements for the California Center for the Arts Escondido, Grand County (CO) Concert Series, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Saint Vincent College (PA), Arts Council of Moore County (NC). An audience favorite at festivals, he has appeared at the Usedom Music Festival in Germany, Verbier Festival Academy, and Pianofest in the Hamptons.

Nathan Lee began playing the piano at the age of six and made his orchestral debut at the age of nine. He is from the Seattle area, where he studied with Sasha Starcevich. Mr. Lee has also worked with Craig Sheppard, and regularly works with YCA alumni Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Ilana Vered. He currently studies at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Robert McDonald.

The New York Times

With a fluid technique and good musical instincts, he gave lively, articulate accounts of Bach and Mozart, showed a flair for jazz with the 20th-century composer Nikolai Kapustin, and tossed off the virtuosic challenges of Grünfeld’s concert paraphrase of Die Fledermaus.

Cleveland Classical

Nathan Lee had the audience in the palms of his very busy hands. He revealed his engaging personality with a brilliant performance of the Beethoven, a gale-force reading of Chopin, and a dashing trip through Ravel. He capped it off with a thrilling encore.