Stephen Lee
Philippine-born Stephen Gabriel Lee began piano studies at age 10. After moving to New York in 2008, he continued studies with Natalia Huang on scholarship until he was accepted into the Bloomingdale School of Music's competitive Music Access Project - a 3 year full-scholarship college preparatory program – as a student of Yamaha Artist, Dr. Amy Gustafson. He is currently studying as a scholar at Oberlin Conservatory with Dr. Alvin Chow, majoring in piano performance.
Since 2010, Stephen has attended summer festivals, including the Gijon International Piano Festival (Spain), Bowdoin International Music Festival (ME), New York University Summer Piano Intensive, Stony Brook International Piano Festival (NY), Summer Piano Institute at Kent State University (OH) and Lyra Summer Music Workshop (VT) where he has studied with renowned pianists and pedagogues like Robert McDonald, Eduardus Halim, Julian Martin, James Giles, Daniel Shapiro, Alexander Kobrin, Alexander Moutouzkine, Boris Berman, Miyoko Lotto, Yong Hi Moon, Dominique Weber, Marc Durand and Jose Ramon Mendez.
In addition to solo piano studies, Stephen is an active chamber music player. Recently, he has performed Brahms’ f minor Piano quintet, Op. 34 at the Bloomingdale School of Music, and Schumann’s E flat major Piano quartet, Op. 47 at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He has also recently had the opportunity to perform with Bloomingdale Chamber Orhcestra, Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3.
His awards include 1st Prize in the 2014 Stony Brook International Piano Festival Competition, 1st Prize in the New York State Music Teachers’ Association – District 4, 1st Place in the 2013 Lyra Music Competition, 2nd Place in the 2013 American Protégé Piano and String Competition, 2nd Place at the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, 3rd place in the 2012 Stony Brook International Piano Festival Competition, 2nd place in the 2012 Lyra Music Competition, 1st place in the 2012 Vincent Wagner Concerto Competition, 2nd place in the 2012 BSM Performance Competition, semi-finalist in the 2010 Tureck International Bach Competition for Young Artists, and 2nd place in the 2011 & 2010 Chautauqua Sonatina Festival.
Stephen was also awarded the MAP Program Director’s Award, the Achievement Award, and the MAP Chamber Music Award at the Bloomingdale School of Music. Other awards include Music Study Scholarship from Mu Phi Epsilon, and scholarships from multiple summer music festivals.
Aside from music, Stephen Gabriel Lee also enjoys fencing, sailing, baseball, film and video production and hanging out with family and friends. His comfort food... bubble tea.