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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. 

 

Her notable engagements include Long Beach Opera, The Opera Buffs, New Opera WestAspen Music Festival and School, Indianapolis Opera, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Musiktheater Bavaria in Germany, USC Thornton Opera, Opera UCLA, and Long Beach Camerata Singers. Also, she worked as Music Director with Queens College Opera at CUNY, the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island, NATS, and Lyric Opera of Orange County. 

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, Sumi Jo, 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, Larry Livingston, and hornist Kristy Morrell. Her performances have spanned the United States, Germany, Italy, Austria, Prague, and her home country S. Korea, including a debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.

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 based in Los Angeles with her family, Lee serves as a vocal coach/staff accompanist at Santa Monica College as well as a staff pianist at USC Thornton School of Music and UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Beyond her performance career, she also has published the Women’s Work album with hornist Kristy Morrell, a Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s principal member and an Associate Professor at Baylor University. With a reputation for excellence and a commitment to pushing artistic boundaries, she continues to inspire audiences and fellow musicians alike with her talent and artistry. 

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