Kathy Tai-Hsuan Lee is a versatile and individual pianist as well as an engaging collaborator known for her lively interpretative approach to contemporary music and creative programming that crosses genres.
"Kathy Tai-Hsuan Lee's dazzling technique fully scaled Bloch’s demanding piano part in stalwart fashion."
–South Florida Review
Kathy has played extensively not only in solo recitals but also in many chamber music and ensemble performances in her native Taiwan as well as in Japan, South Korea, France and the United States. She was the winner of the 2017 Atlantic Music Festival (ME) Piano Competition and second prize-winner of the Artist Award in the 2015 Busan International Music Festival Concerto Competition in South Korea, where she performed in the Medium Theater of Busan Cultural Center.
As a passionate advocate of contemporary music, Kathy has been featured in the concert series of Midwest Composer's Symposium (November, 2015), Five Friends Master Series Concert (October, 2014), featuring a set of three etudes by guest composer David Rakowski, in addition to being a keyboardist of the IU New Music Ensemble under the direction of David Dzubay.
In 2011, Kathy had the privilege of touring to China with the highly-acclaimed University of Michigan Symphony Band under Michael Haithcock, giving performances in such venues as Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Grand Theatre and Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles. CD releases with the ensemble include Artifacts and Points of Departure, featuring works by William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, Frank Ticheli, Kristin Kuster, Rosanne Etezady and more.
Passionate about French art, literature and music, Kathy was the recipient of the France Clidat Scholarship in September 2016 in participation of the International Certificate of Piano Artists (ICPA) supported by Fondation Bell’Arte based in Brussels, Belgium to further advance her musical studies mainly with Mr. Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri and research at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). The same year, she received the IU Graduate Professional Student Government Travel Award to participate in the Luzerne Piano Festival’s Masterclass in Piano with Robert Levin.
Equally committed to teaching, Kathy was appointed Associate Instructor at the IU Jacobs School of Music, leading group piano classes and weekly piano lessons during her residency at IU. She has also served as faculty for the IU Young Pianists program directed by Karen Taylor following her assistantship in 2015.
Recent festivals that Kathy has participated on scholarship include Gijon International Piano Festival (Spain), Festival Pablo Casals (France) and PianoTexas (USA). Her principal teachers have been Karen Shaw, Logan Skelton and Lina Yeh. She is a doctoral candidate in Piano Performance and Literature at Indiana University.