Eunji Lee wins first prize at major international harpsichord competition

Eunji Lee headshot

Eunji Lee, born in Seoul, has won the first prize at The 2016 Jurow International Harpsichord Performance Competition, which took place between in March 22 and 24 at Oberlin College, Ohio, USA.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Eunji Lee is harpsichordist, organist, fortepianist, and modern pianist. She has appeared in noted venues such as the Boston Early Music Young Performers Festival and the Indiana Early Music Festival. Lee was invited to give a solo recital at the Bloomington Early Music Festival in 2011 as the result of a competition for outstanding recital at the Historical Performance Institute of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, and in 2012, she was chosen as recitalist at the Historical Keyboard Society of North America Conference. In high demand for her expertise in basso continuo improvisation, she was broadcast on WFIU Public Radio in a performance with noted cornettist Bruce Dickey. As winner of an IU Concerto Competition, she performed C. P. E. Bach’s Concerto in D minor, Wq.23, with the Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Stanley Ritchie. A competitor at the Leipzig International Bach Competition, she won an award at IU Travel Grant Competition to participate in the Musica Antiqua International Competition in Bruges, Belgium. Lee is the recipient of several scholarships and fellowships, including the Ben Bechtel Award from HKSNA, the Mary Tilton Harpsichord Fellowship, the Artistic Excellence Fellowship, and the IU Music Merit Award Grant.

Eunji, being congratulated by one of the jurors, Lisa Crawford.

Eunji, being congratulated by one of the jurors, Lisa Crawford.

Holding a masters degree as a double major in harpsichord and piano, she is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in historical keyboards at IU with Professor Elisabeth Wright. She first studied harpsichord with Yonit Kosovske and also worked with guest faculty, Jacques Ogg and Byron Schenkman. Lee was an Associate Instructor in harpsichord and fortepiano at IU for several years.

Last summer, she was artist-in-residence at Piccola Accademia di Montisi in Italy, where she studied with Ketil Haugsand. She also studied with Menno van Delft at Amsterdam Early Music Summer School, and was harpsichord assistant and accompanist at Aestas Musica Summer School in Croatia.

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