Justin Lee, piano: From Beethoven to Rachmaninoff

Justin Lee, piano, from Claremont Graduate University performs works by Beethoven, Schubert, Rachmaninoff-Kreisler, and Mendelssohn with guests Annie Ragni, cello, and Sol Huang, violin.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 7 p.m.
Drinkward Recital Hall

A headshot of pianist Justin Lee outdoors and against the bush.
Justin Lee. Photo courtesy of the artist.


Sonata for Piano and Cello No. 2 Op. 5
1. Adagio sostenuto e espressivo – Allegro molta piu tosto presto
Ludwig van Beethoven

Justin Lee, piano
Annie Ragni, cello

Impromptu Op. 142 No. 3
Franz Schubert

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Fritz Kreisler


Piano Trio No. 1
1. Molto allegro ed agitato
2. Andante con moto tranquillo 
4. Finale
Felix Mendelssohn
Justin Lee, piano
Sol Huang, violin
Annie Ragni, cello

Pianist Justin Lee is an award-winning pianist who is known for his captivating performances. Ever since he was little, Lee had a great passion for performing. Through his emotional lyricism, warm stage presence, and amazing technical abilities, Lee is able to effectively captivate the audience.

Lee is currently pursuing a Masters of Math through the computational mathematics program at Claremont Graduate University, studying piano under Dr. Jenny Soonjin Kim, and managing his personal piano studio of twenty students. Lee, under the tutelage of Artist Professor Louanne Long, was the recipient of the prestigious 2020 Presser Scholar Award and Lehigh Endowed Music Scholarship.

Lee, from Walnut, California, graduated with a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at the University of Redlands in April 2021. While studying at the university, Lee has been involved in multiple performance opportunities and prestigious honors. Lee has performed in master classes with Hungarian pianist Eva Polgar, American concert artist Drew Peterson, American performer Anna MacDermott, and Sergio De Simone, head of the Trinity Laban Conservatory keyboard department. He has also had the great honor of studying under American composer Christopher Theofanidis and performing Theofanidis’ composition Five Statues for Piano: Eros.

Lee plans to continue sharing his musical journey with others through performing and teaching. He maintains his own private studio and holds a leadership position in the Redlands Summer Piano Camp. Known for his collaborative work, Lee has been a hired Staff Accompanist for the University of Redlands School of Music and past accompanist of the Beattie Middle School Choir. A strong and capable leader, Lee is also the past vice president of Asian Student Association and member of the math honor society Pi Mu Epsilon.

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