Dr. Kyung-Ae Lee, native of South Korea, began her piano study at the age of three and made her first public performance at the age of six. After graduating from Seoul Arts High School and Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, Korea, she moved to the US to further her piano studies. She received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Literature from Eastman School of Music and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Lee has received numerous honors and awards in her career. Those recognitions include the Getty Fund Scholarship, American Association of University Women (AAUW) PhD Fellowship, Teaching Assistantship at The University of Texas at Austin, Dalies Frantz Endowed Scholarship, Sydney Wright Endowed Scholarship, and Korean Honor Scholarship-awarded twice from the South Korean Embassy in Washington D.C. In summer 2006, she was recognized as ‘One of the most honorable musicians representing Jeju Province’ in South Korea.
She has won several piano competitions in her life including Alma Jeane Ward Memorial Piano Competition, Sydney Wright Piano Accompanying Competition, Clara Wells Piano Competition, and Jeju KBS (Korean Broadcast System) Music Competition.
In 2001, immediately after receiving her DMA degree, she returned to Korea to join the faculty at the Ewha Women’s University and Cheju National University while maintaining a busy performing schedule. As a performer, she performed actively in solo recitals, chamber concerts and lecture recitals, and had frequently appeared in concerto performances as a soloist. She has performed in the USA, South Korea, Japan, and Russia. Her most notable concerts include a solo recital at the Seoul Arts Performance Center, performances with Korea Wind Orchestra, Jeju Philharmonic Orchestra, Kwangju Philharmonic Orchestra, Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra, and Gangnam Symphony Orchestra. She had also appeared as a guest artist at Ewha Women’s University, Jeju National Museum, College Music Society International Conference, and Bear Valley Music Festival. Her performances had been broadcast on KBS, CBS (Cheju Broadcast System), KCTV (Korea Cable TV).
Dr. Lee has also participated in the publications of two articles: Classic Piano Music—Beethoven Piano Variations and Romantic Piano Music—Schubert Piano Sonatas by Il-song Media Publication in Korea. She also gave a treatise presentation at the 2006 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In 2005 she had moved back to the US and joined the faculty at Texas A&M University - Kingsville. Since 2008, she joined the music faculty at Texas State University. Other previous teaching positions include faculty at the Austin Chamber Music Center and the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy.