School of Music welcomes pianist Mike Cheng-Yu Lee

Mike Cheng-Yu Lee joins the ANU School of Music. (photo credit: Ellen Zaslaw)
Mike Cheng-Yu Lee joins the ANU School of Music. (photo credit: Ellen Zaslaw)
Friday 21 July 2017

Another wonderful appointment to announce this week as the School of Music moves forward with a view to creating the world's leading 21st Century Music School.

The School of Music would like to publicly welcome pianist Mike Cheng-Lu Lee, originally from New Zealand, who is joining the ANU School of Music as Lecturer of Performance and Director of the ANU Keyboard Institute - one of the southern hemisphere’s largest collections of historical pianos.

An advocate of pianos that span the eighteenth century to the present, Mike has appeared with the New World Symphony at the invitation of Michael Tilson Thomas and has collaborated with musicians including Joseph Lin (Juilliard String Quartet), the Formosa Quartet, and Cynthia Roberts among others that integrate modern and period instruments.

Awarded Second Prize and Audience Prize at the 2011 Westfield International Fortepiano Competition by a jury that included Robert Levin and the late Christopher Hogwood, New Zealand (forte) pianist Mike Cheng-Yu Lee’s performances have been described as “portraying integrity, purity, complexity and truth… with balance and control that are breathtaking.” Peter Jacobi of the Bloomington Herald Times writes: "As a keyboard performer, Lee really is a major talent, no doubt about it…[his] Mozart was absolutely radiant, a lesson in refinement mixed with deep devotion."

Recent performances and guest teachings have taken him to Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 23Arts FestivalMayfest Chamber Music Festival, the Bloomington Early Music Festival and others. Current projects include the complete cycle of Mozart’s piano sonatas and “Beethoven Perspectives,” a series of lecture-recitals that explore connections between works by Beethoven and others.

In 2015-17 Mike Cheng-Yu Lee was Visiting Assistant Professor/Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University-Bloomington and was previously Lecturer of music theory at Yale University. As a published scholar, he has presented on issues of musical form, performance practice, and musical embodiment at the Society of Music Theory and the European Music Analysis Conference. Mike studied at the Yale School of Music and holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University where he won the Donald J. Grout Memorial Prize. His teachers have included Malcolm Bilson, Boris Berman, and the renowned Haydn scholar James Webster.

The Head of School Professor Kenneth Lampl, staff and students of the School of Music would like to welcome Mike to the ANU School of Music. We look forward to hearing the historic keyboards from the Keyboard Institute soon!

Read more about Mike Lee.

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