“Lee’s playing reflects a beautiful sense of style, great accuracy and fine feeling for music.”
~ Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall, New York
American Protégé Committee
Dr. You Ju Lee is an accomplished pianist who has won numerous awards and performed recitals in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Reviews of her recent concerts in Germany stated, “Pianist You Ju Lee is a remarkable soloist and she brought clear, defined sonorous contour to Mozart’s Concerto K. 449.” Other professional highlights include solo and duo piano recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall; Spivey Hall; Mu Phi International Convention in Rochester, New York; Winners Gala Concert for the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music, and New York Debut Recital in the Artists International Special Presentation Winners’ Series at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.
Her performances explore solo, chamber, and orchestral music from baroque to contemporary, collaborating with twentieth and twenty-first century award winning composers including Unsuk Chin, Jean Michel Damase, Sofia Gubaidulia, Marga Richter, Joan Tower and musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Frankfurt Chamber Orchestra, Trier Philharmonic Orchestra, and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2015, Dr. Lee’s Piano Trio Concert was broadcast on WRAF radio and she was interviewed by Newton TV, in Newton, MA. She was also featured as the cover story in The Music: “You Ju Lee at Toccoa Falls College.” Dr. Lee has recently released a CD entitled, Chopin: Selected Piano Works, which is currently available on the Apple iTunes store and Amazon.com. This CD was reviewed by Jean Woodruff-Griffin in Mu Phi’s magazine, The Triangle. Vol. 109, Issue 3. Dr. Lee was an invited guest pianist at the Bella Musica Concert at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, and her performance was included in the CD release commemorating that event. Dr. Lee’s article on the Piano Works of Marga Richter was published in Clavier Companion magazine. She has served as an adjudicator for various competitions in Seoul, Korea, Artists International in New York City, the biennial Young Artists Piano Showcase in New York City, MTNA Young Artists Competition, in New York and South Carolina, National Federation of Music Clubs and GMTA auditions for Fulton, Cobb, and DeKalb counties in Georgia.
Along with being a very active concert artist, Dr. Lee enjoys teaching immensely. She is currently an Professor of Piano at Toccoa Falls College, in Toccoa, Georgia, where she coordinates the keyboard area and teaches Accompanying, Applied Piano, Music Literature, Pedagogy and Class Piano. She received the Faculty Scholar of the Year and the Wade Distinguished Scholar Faculty Award. She also serves as Artist-Teacher of Piano at Preparatory Music at Brenau University, in Gainesville, Georgia.
You Ju Lee received her D.M.A. degree from the University of Georgia under Dr. Richard Zimdars. She studied under Ruth McDonald at Georgia State University and continued her graduate program at City University London under Carola Grindea and in New York at the Eastman School of Music under Barry Snyder, and the Manhattan School of Music under Dr. Marc Silverman.