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LINA YOO-MIN LEE

Hailed as “Brava” and the grandeur and nuance of the classical piano repertoire, delivering performances that are technically superb and emotionally compelling” by  Rorianne Schrade by New York Concert Review, Lina Yoo-Min Lee (D.M.A.) is a highly prolific pianist and proactive pedagogue renowned worldwide for her captivating and insightful expressionist style. She has performed extensively both in the US and abroad, gracing prestigious venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Her most recent piano solo recital, "Music by Women," held at Carnegie Hall in New York City in October 2022, received high acclaim for her exquisite interpretation of an eclectic program and powerful pianistic virtuosity. Broadcasting her concerts through platforms like WFMT, WQXR, WORT, Medici.tv, and YouTube has further expanded her reach to audiences around the world. Her piano solo digital album, "Memories," featuring live performances of works by renowned composers, garnered praise from both the New York Concert Review and MBN, a major broadcasting network in South Korea.

Lee is also known for her extensive collaborations with internationally renowned singers and instrumentalists as a vivid collaborative pianist. She has performed at prestigious venues and actively engages with underserved communities, sharing her talents and passion for music. Lee has collaborated with members of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and is enthusiastic about interdisciplinary collaborations with other artists. Her commitment to diverse collaboration has led her to participate in numerous music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Stanford Summer Seminar, working with esteemed musicians such as Joaquin Valedepnas, Donald Weilerstein, Hamish Milne, Hung-Kuan Chen, Julian Martin, Anne Epperson, and Virginia Weckstrom.

In the 2024-2025 season, Lee will bring a variety of solo and collaborative programs. She is scheduled to tour with singer Jennifer Lien, premiering and touring three commissioned song cycles from Asian American composers set to Asian American texts, and offering an engaging program as part of a quartet with two percussionists and two pianos. She will also tour different states in the US for her solo recitals.

As a passionate pedagogue and educator, Lee actively teaches piano and presents her research internationally. She has given lectures, masterclasses, workshops, and presentations at prestigious institutions such as Stanford University, the University of Kansas, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Platteville, Seoul National University in Korea, the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy, and the European Piano Teachers Association International Conference. Lee has also been invited to adjudicate competitions and serve on juries for national auditions and exams, such as the 2022 Sejong Music Competitions and the MTNA Piano Competitions.

Community engagement and arts outreach hold a special place in Lee's heart. She is dedicated to promoting the works of underrepresented and historically marginalized composers. She founded and served as the Artistic Director of the DEIB Festival in Madison, Wisconsin, focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, as well as leadership, collaboration, and community engagement. Additionally, she actively supports providing high-quality music education and performances to underserved communities and children with disabilities. Lee regularly teaches piano for communities and is involved with Love in Music, a non-profit organization that offers free opportunities for young children from underserved communities to learn classical instruments through musically trained volunteers. She is also the Chair of Madison Area Music Educators, a non-profit organization fostering growth and enrichment in the local community's cultural and artistic life.

Lee's educational background includes training at Walnut Hill School for the Arts and New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School. She holds a B.M. in Piano Performance and M.M. degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she was awarded various scholarships. She further pursued her studies and earned a D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a full scholarship and the Jeanette Ross Award.

Currently, Lee serves as an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Before this, she served on the piano faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and taught at the Peabody Preparatory School of the Johns Hopkins University through the piano pedagogy program.

B.M. Piano Performance

The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

M.M. Piano Performance & Pedagogy

The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

D.M.A. Piano Performance & Pedagogy

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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