"Prodigiously talented" pianist Nathan Lee connects with his audiences by sharing a depth of musical expression well beyond his years.

At 20 years old, Mr. Lee has already appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Buffalo Philharmonic on NPR's From the Top, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Orquestra Filarmónica de Boca del Río in Mexico, and the Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea.

“He had the audience in the palms of his hands.”


Mr. Lee won First Prize in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and holds the Mortimer Levitt Piano Chair. He made his New York debut at sixteen in The Peter Marino Concert, opening the YCA Series at Carnegie's Zankel Hall, with additional support from the Paul A. Fish Memorial Fund. The Korean Concert Society Prize sponsored Mr. Lee's sold-out Kennedy Center debut in Washington, DC, a co-presentation of YCA and Washington Performing Arts. He appeared on the YCA "Encores" Series at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York last season, in a program that included the New York premiere of composer Chris Rogerson's 'Til It Was Dark.


"Not only did Mr. Lee effortlessly dispatch streams of passagework, spiraling runs, leaping chords and bursts of octaves, he also played with nuance, delicacy and rich variety of touch."


"Nathan Lee took us on a delightful journey with his brilliant playing, and through his coloristic gifts..."


"Lee is immensely self-assured, his relaxed demeanor at the piano due no doubt to the ample technical resources at his disposal."


A critically acclaimed performer, Mr. Lee's 2018 performance with the Seattle Symphony was described as "both memorable and extraordinary", while the New York Times described his playing at the 2019 Young Concert Artists Gala as full of "nuance, delicacy, and rich variety of his touch." Mr. Lee was recently honored the special Tabor Foundation Award at the 2019 Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland.


Nathan Lee began playing the piano at the age of six and made his orchestral debut at the age of nine. He is from the Seattle area, where he studied with Sasha Starcevich. Mr. Lee also worked with Craig Sheppard, and regularly works with YCA alumni Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Ilana Vered. Mr. Lee currently studies at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Robert Mcdonald.


Director of Artist Management

Christina Baker | christina@yca.org | 212.307.6670

Senior Artist Manager

Mic Herring | mic@herring.org | 212.307.6668

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Michele Yang


Chris Lee, Paul Shim