Constance LEE Kuo-Yuan
Du August 2nd to August 10th, 2020
A leading Taiwanese pianist and professor, Constance Lee was one of the young prodigies, who at the age of 13, after winning the National Young Music Talent Competition, was sent to Austria and was accepted by the Vienna University of Music and Drama, where she studied with prominent professors Dieter Weber and Hans Graf until obtaining her Concert Soloist Diploma with Highest Distinction.
During her studies she also received an “Artist of Outstanding Merit” Award from the Austrian Ministry of Culture. Her pianistic development was highlighted by several masterclasses with eminent Russian pianists Stanislav Neuhaus and Dimitri Baschkirov. She also spend a year in London to study with Georgian pianist Alissa Kezeradze-Pogorelich, and was selected by German Maestro Wilhelm Kempff to study in his Beethoven Interpretation Course in Italy.
Constance Lee started her career in Canada, where she was invited as “resident artist” at the Quebec Music Academy. She played in a Beethoven Soirée for Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, performed in Quebec Ministry of Culture’s World Peace Cultural Week and played in the Canadian National Film Board’s music documentary, which was filmed in Moscow and presented in the Montreal International Film Festival.
At the age of 27, she became Professor at the Taipei National University of the Arts and actively pursued her career. She has given numerous solo recitals, performed with many well-known musicians in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Austria, Germany, France, Canada and played with orchestras such as the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the Taipei City Orchestra and the Taipei Chinese Orchestra. She has also taken part in the Macau Music Festival, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Asia Pacific Art Festival, the Kuan-Du Art Festival and the Taiwan International Piano Festival.
A versatile and multi-faceted artist, Constance Lee also explored the new performing arts scene by creating with other artists an experimental music-theatre production entitled “The Outrageous Essays by Three Outspoken Women” and a music-dance performance named after Scriabin’s “Desir et Danse”. She has collaborated with the Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company and Taiwan Cloud Gate Dance Company to play Stravinsky’s two-piano version of the “Rite of Spring” and in 2012 she released an album of her own improvisations including her original recordings for internationally-acclaimed Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s films “Three Times” and “Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge”.
Over the years Constance Lee has taught many award-winning students, she has been invited as a Jury Member at International and National Music Competitions and has been regularly invited to give Masterclasses such as The Lyon International Academy of Music in France and The Euro Music Festival & Academy in Germany. She is an artistic advisor of the National Culture & Arts Foundation and the National Performing Arts Center in Taiwan.