Pianist Pei-Shan Lee’s active concert career has taken her to the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Taiwan’s National Concert Hall, and tours of France, Germany, Belgium, and Israel. Her many summer festival appearances include The Mostly Mozart Festival, Caramoor Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Chautauqua Institute, Music Academy of the West, Heifetz International Music Institute, the International Piano Festival in Spain, the International Piano Festival at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, ProQuartet in France, and the Great Wall International Music Academy in China.
Lee's most recording of the Strauss and Szymanowski Sonatas for Violin and Piano with violinist Grzegorz Kotow will soon be released on the ArchiMusic label.
Since coming to the United States from Taiwan, Lee has collaborated with some of America’s most important musicians: violinists Donald Weilerstein, Ani Kavafian, Jacques Israelievitch, Joseph Silverstein, Ryu Goto, and Stefan Jackiw; violists Kim Kashkashian and Dimitri Murrath; cellists Paul Katz and Andres Diaz; flutist Jeanne Baxtresser; and pianist James Tocco. Her chamber music partners have included the Jupiter and Harlem String Quartets, members of the Bavarian Radio, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, San Diego Symphony Orchestras and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
In her hometown of Boston, Lee has performed at NEC, MIT, Boston Ballet, and in recitals with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She also works with BSO’s guest conductors and soloists, and was the Boston pianist seen in rehearsal with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in her documentary “The Portrait.” Her live performances can also be heard on WQXR, WGBH, and WRCJ.
In 2006, she was appointed pianist for Itzhak Perlman’s violin studio at the Perlman Music Program and has since joined its faculty in the Sarasota Winter Residency. She also served on the faculty of the Chautauqua School of Music, as staff pianist at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the famed Meadowmount School for Strings. Lee’s comprehensive knowledge of the chamber music and collaborative literature have made her a highly sought after partner to many up-and-coming young artists, especially string and woodwind players.
Lee came to the U.S. for piano study after winning the Youth Division of Taiwan’s National Piano Competition. The Cleveland Institute awarded her the Rosa Lobe Memorial Award in recognition of the highest level of artistic achievement in Collaborative Piano. Her doctoral thesis “The Collaborative Pianist: Balancing Roles in Partnership,” has become an important resource for schools wishing to begin/develop a Collaborative Piano program, and is available at ProQuest. Frequently invited to China and Taiwan for masterclasses and residencies, her dissertation is currently in the process of being translated into Chinese.
B.M., piano, Manhattan School of Music. M.M., The Juilliard School. A.D., Cleveland Institute of Music. D.M.A., New England Conservatory. Studies with Irma Vallecillo, Anne Epperson, Jonathan Feldman, Samuel Sanders,Solomon Mikowsky, and Yu-Yun Chen; and in Taiwan, 陳玉芸, 徐頌仁, 郭素梣, 及林淑真教授. Also faculty of the Perlman Music Program. Former faculty of Chautauqua School of Music. Also faculty of California State University Northridge, where she is creating a new M.M. in Collaborative Keyboard.