Kyung Ah Lee is one of the winners of the Philharmonic's 2013 Concerto Competition. A student of Steven Smith, she is a D.M.A. student in piano performance and also serves the school as a graduate teaching assistant.
A native of Seoul, Korea, Kyung Ah graduated with honors from Sookmyung Women's University and received her master’s degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She is an active chamber music pianist and has had many professional solo opportunities, including a performance with the Plovdiv State Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria. She was also selected to perform at the Juilliard Summer Festival in 2008. After graduation, she intends to return to Korea and seek a university-level teaching position.
Kyung Ah will play Sergei Prokofiev's Concerto No. 1 in D-flat Major with the Philharmonic on Friday, February 22 in Eisenhower Auditorium. She wrote, "I am really enjoying this piece. It shows Prokofiev's early adroitness in composing for the piano and his desire to create provocative music. It is powerful; full of flying fingers and energy."