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. SeungKyung Lee. 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 Eumyeon Piano Festival and winning several competitions including Tammora Music Competition, Shinheung University Competition, and Jangsin University Competition. In 2012, Jihye made her debut, enjoying active careers in performance. She was invited to perform at Music Education Newspaper New Year Concert, Jeju Debut concert and Mapo-gu Office Year-end concert. In 2014, she was selected to give a recital at Ewon Art Hall in Seoul and in 2018, she was selected to perform Orford sur la route à Sherbrooke. Recently, Jihye has played in master classes and lessons for distinguished pianists such as, Gabriel Chodos, Christopher Harding, Anton Nel, Jean Saulnier and Roberto Plano.
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 musical perspectives.
Jihye believes teaching is her call and constantly puts efforts on developing teaching skills and widening experiences. She earned a teaching certificate, worked as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University and now she is taking piano pedagogy as her Related Fields.