An Evening In With…concert series continues this Friday 19th June
The fourteenth in our series is 2014 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition Winner Taek Gi Lee.
S. Rachmaninoff- Etude Op.39, No.3
S. Prokofiev- Piano Sonata No.7
Taek Gi Lee was born in Seoul in 1996. He began his piano study at the age of six. After winning a number of prestigious national competitions including the Samick Bechstein Piano Competition and the Suri Music Competition, Taek Gi gave his first debut recital as a part of the Kumho Prodigy Concert Series at the age of thirteen. In 2011, he got accepted to Juilliard School’s Pre-College division that led him move to America.
During his studies in Juilliard, he became laureate of many international competitions such as — the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, the International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Musicians, the Val Tidone International Piano Competition, the Toronto International Music Competition and the Seoul International Music Competition.
In 2014, Taek Gi won the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition as the youngest competitor, and was highly acclaimed by Dame Fanny Waterman who was on the jury for the finals. After winning the competition, Taek made his successful debut in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Consequently, he was invited to perform in many venues located in Europe, America, and Korea.
Taek Gi was selected as a recipient of scholarship from Daewon Cultural Foundation in Seoul. He was invited to perform in a large number of celebrated venues including the Fairfield Halls (London), the Salle Cortot (Paris), the Lincoln Center (New York), the Harris Hall (Aspen), the Seoul Arts Center (Seoul), the Kumho Art Hall (Seoul) to name but a few. He also collaborated with many Orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Maidstone Symphony Orchestra and the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2018, he replaced the performance of Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto due to the injury of the original performer. Despite the short preparation period less than a week, he made successful rendition of it which became very sensational. Taek Gi, consequently, signed a management contract with MOC Production and joined the roaster of great musicians. He is giving numerous concerts in Korea. He has also given performances in America as a part of Curtis on Tour in 2020.
Taek is currently continuing his musical study at Curtis Institute of Music with Prof. Robert McDonald.
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