Guest Piano Artist - Dr. Junghwa Lee

August 27, 2019

Guest Artist, Dr. Junghwa Lee, will give a piano performance on Saturday, September 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Dingeldine Music Center. Admission is free and open to the public. Please contact 309.677.2599 for more information.

About the Artist:
Junghwa Lee, “…a pianist of acute intelligence, conviction… and passion.” (New York Concert Review), has performed in 16 countries. She's the winner of many competitions, including Sonyun-Hankuk-Ilbo, Wolgan-Eumak, Seoul National University Symphony Concerto Competition and the Korean Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition among others. She presented her New York debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a winner of Artists International’s Special Presentation Award. Lee recorded the Complete Piano Works by Frank Stemper (Albany Records: BLUE13). The CD received a Gold Medal from Global Music Awards. In addition, it was selected for Global Music Awards Top Ten Albums 2015. Lee earned BM and MM degrees in Piano Performance from Seoul National University and a DMA in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music along with the Performer’s Certificate. She is Director of Southern Illinois Piano Festival and Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

About the Composition:
2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth, a pioneer international concert pianist, a woman composer, and the organizer of her own concert tours. Through the musical education by her father, Clara learned to compose and produce works from childhood to middle age. However, the many layers of her responsibility in life put a burden on her time and devotion needed for composition. Both Clara and her husband Robert commented on this from a realistic standpoint. Nevertheless, some of her most appreciated solo piano compositions were produced after her marriage. Among the piano works that she composed, the styles and characters prior to her marriage and afterwards notably differ from each other. This recital will feature Clara Schumann’s notable works, Opp. 15, 20, 21, etc.