Pianist Jiwon Lee has extensive experience both as a soloist and collaborative artist. A native of Korea, Lee’s accomplishments include winning the International Piano Workshop competition in Varna, Bulgaria, with a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 with the Vratz Orchestra and the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra. She was also the first-place winner in the Daegu Metropolitan Office of Education music competition and received the Bronze prize in the 11th National Music Contest in Seoul, Korea. Lee earned the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance at the Keimyung University in Korea. Lee also holds a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, where she studied under Elena Abend and Judit Jaimes. While at UWM, Lee was a pianist for the Leonard Sorkin International Institute of Chamber Music and held a teaching assistant position.
Equally at home in solo and chamber repertoire, Lee participated in both the Collaborative Institute Program in Minnesota and the 21st Piano Symposium hosted by the Piano Society of Korea. She has performed in masterclasses with Vladimir Shakin, Joseph Banowetz, and Adam Wodnicki. Lee’s extensive teaching experience includes instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Keimyung University in Korea. Currently based in Milwaukee, Lee teaches piano at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and is a staff pianist with the String Academy of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Ballet. Lee will start her doctorate program in Collaborative Piano with Timothy Lovelace this fall at the University of Minnesota.