Recipient of the Juilliard School’s 2009 John Erskine Prize, Rosa Lee received her undergraduate and masters degree in Piano Performance at the Juilliard School of Music with top honors, a second masters degree in Music & Music Education from Columbia University, Teacher’s College as a Morse Fellow, and a doctorate in Piano Performance & Literature with a Minor in Pedagogy from the Eastman School of Music. Through her multiple focused degrees in piano performance and pedagogy, Ms. Lee strives to spread her passion for teaching and instill the beauty of music using fun and innovative pedagogical methods.
Recognized in Seattle’s Korea Times as a pianist capable of “fearlessly communicating a distinct message through clear tone and beautiful expression,” Ms. Lee enjoys an active performing career. She has performed as soloist with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Northwest Mahler Orchestra, Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, University of Puget Sound Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, Musicians Emeritus Symphony, and Seattle Junior Symphony Orchestra. Her numerous competition honors include top prizes in the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival, Scholarship Competition of Seattle Music Teachers Association, Seattle Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, and Northwest Regional Music Teachers National Association Competition.
While an active pianist and collaborator, Rosa Lee is extremely passionate about inspired and effective teaching. She hopes to not only guide students reach technical and musical maturity, but also ultimately explore music at a holistic, humanistic level, where it fundamentally becomes life transforming. She has taught as an Applied Piano Instructor at the Eastman School of Music and Columbia University, Teachers College, and has been on the Piano Faculty at New York Music and Arts for the past five years. Recently relocated to her hometown Seattle, she currently welcomes students of all skill and age levels in her studio.