Born in Jeju Korea, Jihye Lee started her piano studies at the age of five and went on to study at the Kaywon High School of Arts with Dr. Seung Kyung Lee. Jihye believes teaching is her calling in life and consistently puts effort on developing her teaching skills and widening the experiences of her students. She earned a teaching certificate and worked as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University and now she is taking piano pedagogy as her related field while she pursues her Doctorate of Music degree at UNT.
Jihye earned her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Sookmyung Women’s University (Seoul, Korea) where she studied with Professor Soojin Park and Professor Namhee Lim. While at Sookmyung, she showed excellence in academic performance, graduating summa cum laude. Jihye received her Master’s degree and Performance Diploma from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of Professors Shigeo Neriki and Evelyne Brancart.
This year, Jihye started Doctoral degree at University of North Texas under the tutelage of Vladimir Viardo.
Jihye started her early musical experience by participating in the Eumyeon Piano Festival and winning several competitions including Tammora Music Competition, Shinheung University Competition, and Jangsin University Competition. In 2014 she was selected to give a recital at the prestigious Ewon Art Hall in Seoul and in 2018, she was selected to perform Orford sur la route à Sherbrooke.
Throughout her musical journey, Jihye received scholarships and fellowships from Sookmyung Women’s University and Jacobs School of Music. Full scholarships from the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, Dublin International Piano Festival, and Orford Musique allowed her to broaden her musical perspectives.