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Hye-Jin Lee

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. Currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen in Germany, writing a dissertation on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant.

About the personal history.

I began my first piano lessons at the age of five – one year after my grandmother gave me an upright piano as a present. I continued taking lessons until I entered the middle school.

During my middle school and high school years, I spent a lot of time listening to classical music CDs especially recordings by great pianists such as Wilhelm Kempff, Martha Argerich and Vladimir Ashkenazy and tried to teach myself those pieces. This eventually allowed me to enjoy playing the piano itself.

While majoring in Aesthetics at the Seoul National University, I enrolled myself in piano lessons, which were open to non-music majors and continued it for three years. I really enjoyed the lessons with Jung-Hyun Kang and I became more acquainted with various repertoires by working with her.

In Germany, I missed playing the piano very much, so I decided to start playing again. Since 2004, I have been taking lessons with Ralf Petkau, who has a tremendous influence on me. He introduced me to the richness of piano repertoires and taught me how to face the challenges of interpreting unfamiliar pieces on my own.

About the music making with others.

As a child I always envied people who could play other instruments than the piano; therefore, can play a part in an orchestra. My desire to be part of a collaborative performance led me to play with a church choir in Seoul for five years. In Germany, I also played the piano score of Verdi's Requiem last year for the biggest choir in the city where I live with my husband and we both have been also singing in the choir. Playing with a choir has been interesting, but I prefer playing in a small instrumental ensemble, which I have done more frequently in recent years.

About the performance in front of the audience.

Even though I have only had a few public performances, I enjoy communicating with the audience through performing. I respect people in Germany who love and appreciate music in everyday life – whether it's performed by a worldly renowned musician or an amateur.

My first recordings (the second Sonata of Alexander Scriabin) at the Piano Society are dedicated to my parents, who turn 60 this year, 2008.

J. C. Bach - Sonatas 
Liadov - Barcarolle 
Liadov - Piano Pieces 
Kempff - Transcriptions 
Rachmaninov - Suite from Bach Violin Partita 
Scriabin - Piano Sonatas