Sinae Lee


“.…Frankly, I was flabbergasted at her performance … Whether in the music’s majestic pages, its most poetic intimacies, or its turbulent dramas, this amazing girl had everything under control, and, just as importantly, in balance…” – Michael Tumelty, The Herald (Glasgow)
Born in 1976, in Seoul, Korea, Sinae Lee enjoys her exciting career as a concert pianist based in Europe. She studied piano with Hwa-Young Yi and Hyoung-Joon Chang in Korea, and after graduating from the Seoul National University with Distinction, she came to the UK to pursue her study under Philip Jenkins at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (RSAM – now known as the RCS), where she obtained MMus with Distinction and PhD degree.

Since her UK début with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1, she has also played with the St. James Orchestra and RSAMD Orchestra. She has given numerous solo recitals in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Milan and Dresden and some of her performances were greatly acknowledged by the Glasgow Herald.

When she was studying in Seoul, she won many prestigious prizes including the Chung-Ang Daily Newspaper competition and Korean Music Association for Overseas competition. Her prize winning career has continued since she came to UK where she won the London Intercollegiate Beethoven competition, Ramsey-Calder Debussy Prize and RSAMD Bach Prize. Her extraordinary playing was immensely appreciated in many master classes held by world-famous pianists such as Lazar Berman, Dmitri Alexeev and John Lill.

Her PhD topic was the piano music of Karol Szymanowski. Her recording for Divine Art of his entire output in this genre is her début recording. Sinae is now teaching at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow, Scotland.