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BIOGRAPHY

Increasingly sought-after as a musical partner, pianist Sky Haneul Lee is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most versatile and active collaborators in a wide range of opera, vocal, choral, orchestral, and instrumental music. 

 

Ms. Lee notably has worked with Long Beach OperaAspen Music Festival and School, Indianapolis Opera, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Musiktheater Bavaria in Germany, USC Thornton Opera, Opera UCLA, and Long Beach Camerata Singers. Recently, she worked as Music Director with Queens College Opera at The City University of New York and the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island.

As an extensive experience collaborator in vocal, strings, choral, and orchestral music, she is a freelance collaborator and staff pianist at USC Thornton School of Music, Opera UCLA, and World Mission University. Ms. Lee has partnered with many distinguished pedagogues and artists including soprano Renée Fleming, Betsy Bishop, Elizabeth Hynes, Carol Vaness, Shirley Close, Patricia Wise, Alice Hopper, tenor Thomas Allen, Carlos Montane, Brian Horne, Wolfgang Brendel, baritone Rod Gilfry, Stephen KingKevin Short, violinist Mimi Zweig, Brenda Brenner, conductor Pierre ValletJo-Michael Scheibe, Tram Sparks, and hornist Kristy Morrell

A prizewinner of the NSAL (National Society of Arts and Letters) Instrumental Music Competition and American Protégé Instrumental Competition of Romantic Music, Ms. Lee has performed throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Prague, and her home country Korea. She studied Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and Piano Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. While earning a degree at IU, Ms. Lee served as an Associate Instructor and worked as a collaborative pianist at Indiana University String Academy and Indiana University CAP (College Audition Preparation) Program. She also received the Keyboard Collaborative Arts Ensemble Award, Keyboard Collaborative Arts Department Award, and Gwendolyn Koldofsky Scholarship while at USC. Her principal teachers are Alan L. Smith, Karen Shaw and Jun Kim, and her coaches/mentors include Brent McMunn, Myra Huang, Lisa Sylvester, Rakefet Hak, Cameron Stowe and Edmund Battersby

Currently, Sky resides in Los Angeles with her husband Thomas, daughter little Aria and mom Kelly, and she serves as a staff accompanist/vocal coach at Santa Monica College, and as a staff pianist at USC Thornton School of Music and at Opera UCLA, The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music as a collaborative pianist. She is also a staff pianist at World Mission University in Los Angeles and works at KAMA Choir, LAKMA Chorale, and The Way Church

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