Erie Philharmonic Guest Soloist Comes to GM

Posted on January 20, 2017, in Band, Organizations, Performing Arts

Soyeon Kate Lee came to General McLane High School Friday morning. Lee will be performing Bartók’s evocative and nature-inspired Piano Concerto No. 3 as a guest soloist for the Erie Philharmonic on Saturday night.

Lee is a Korean-American pianist who was the winner of the 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition and the 2004 Concert Artist Guild International Competition. She also works as an Assistant Professor of Piano at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. She has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, including The Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.

After performing a few pieces, Lee answered questions from General McLane students and advised them that the biggest key to her success has been commitment. Other questions and answers included:

When did you start playing?: Lee started taking piano lessons at just four years old. However, her success didn’t start then. In fact, her piano instructor told her mother that she wasn’t good enough and shouldn’t continue.

What’s your favorite type of music?: Classical

Who inspired you?: A teacher from Pittsburgh, who she stays in contact with weekly.

When was your first performance?: When she was 12 years old, she won a contest and performed with the Westmoreland Symphony

“Be diligent and work hard,” she told them. “If you do that, then the results don’t matter.”

The Erie Philharmonic Concert will play the music of Bartók, Smetana and Sibelius. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Warner Theatre.