Pianist Sydney Han-Lee received her Bachelors and Masters of Music in Piano Performance from Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. A native of Korea, she began her piano studies at age five. At age sixteen, she was the First Prize winner of Pearl Amster Concerto Competition which featured her as a soloist to perform with Austin Civic Orchestra. A recipient of a scholarship award from The National Guild Auditions, she was also a Third Prize winner in Omega Psi Phi Young Artist Competition as well as a finalist at Samick International Piano Competition.
Sydney’s primary teachers include Edward Auer, Evelyne Brancart, Sylvia Ho, Leonard Hokanson, and Joseph Packales. She has performed in the Master Classes given by internationally acclaimed professors and artists such as Angela Cheng, Cecil Licad, Russell Sherman, Josef Gingold, and Janos Starker. Sydney’s performance during the master class with a pianist Angela Cheng was broadcasted on KCOS-TV. She has given numerous solo and chamber music recitals in the major cities in the U.S. including Bloomington IN, Boston MA, Chicago IL, Lutkin Hall at Northwestern University, Austin TX, as well as in Kent and Bellevue, WA. She has participated at the Texas Music Festival and Aspen Music Festival where she also was a piano collaborator.
A former faculty member of Seattle Conservatory of Music, she is currently on the piano faculty at Pacific Northwest School of Music. Sydney is an active collaborative pianist accompanying talented young musicians at the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival, Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside, and regional and state Solo & Ensemble Contest. She has also served as a piano adjudicator for the regional Solo & Ensemble Contest. Sydney resides in Bellevue, WA with her husband where she maintains a private piano studio.