Erh-Jen Lee 李爾仁, Pianist, Oboist, Accompanist, Chamber Musician, and a Music Educator
Dr. Erh-Jen Lee 李爾仁enjoys her versatile music journey as a pianist, oboist, accompanist, chamber musician, and a music educator. She started piano lesson at age 5 and won the Kawai Piano Competition Taiwan with a Mozart piano sonata 3rd movement at age 10. As an oboist, she won 3 times the first prize in National Oboe Competition in Taiwan at age 13. After winning the International Chopin Piano Competition of Taipei, Erh-Jen was offered scholarship to study with Constance Keene at the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Lee has won both national and international competitions and was honored as the winner of “The National Outstanding Artist Achievement Award” from the Chi-Mei Cultural Arts Foundation 2001 – 2003.
At age 19, Ms. Lee made her New York debut with Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia, playing Chopin’s Concerto no.1 in E minor, as the result of winning the Dora Zaslavsky Koch Concerto Competition. Her winning of the 3rd National Taiwan Concerto Competition in 1999 brought her to tour with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan. In 2000, she was chosen to be one of just eight “most promising pianists in America” for the Toradze Concerto Institute.
During her graduate studies at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Oxana Yablonskaya, Erh-Jen has had the pleasure to participate and work in sessions with internationally renowned musicians such as Lazar Berman, Yefim Bronfman, Jaques Rouvier, Brigitte Engerer, and Alexander Toradze. It was from these invaluable experiences that first motivated Ms. Lee to become a music educator since then.
Ms. Lee earned her doctoral degree in 2013 from the Catholic University of America as a full scholarship recipient. She was chosen by La Gesse Foundation to perform Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring with Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Erh-Jen has been working for American Dance Institute since 2011, and currently the rehearsal artist and school accompanist for Washington Ballet. Erh-Jen has performed with the MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet Company at Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival for a new choreography on Bach’s Goldberg variations. Most recently she is working in rehearsal with the Washington Ballet for upcoming concert “The Dream” at Kennedy Center in May.
Source from Taiwan Night Concert 2017 / Taiwan Culture Center of Greater Washington D.C, 05/2017
Posted in 06/2017