Lee Dionne, piano
Pianist Lee Dionne holds passion, imagination and play at the core of his art. His playing has been described as "impressive" (NYTimes) and "impeccable" (Fanfare Magazine); his performances seek to combine an essential freedom of elocution with an underlying depth of understanding, and his repertoire spans the Renaissance to the 21st-century. Lee cultivates a particular interest in creating performances that help audiences form personally relevant connections with music. Experiences in this area have ranged from performance-based conversations at conferences and universities, to interactive performances at elementary schools and community centers.
Lee’s performances in recent seasons season have taken place at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall, NEC's Jordan Hall, the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, Paul Hall at the Juilliard School, Joe’s Pub and St. Peter’s Church in NYC, Sprague Hall at Yale University, Stull Hall at Oberlin College, and at the Philharmonie and Conservatoire Nationale Supérieure in Paris. As a soloist Lee recently made his debut at both the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at the Philharmonic in Bratislava. A dedicated chamber musician, Lee performs frequently as a core member of Cantata Profana, and he is an alumnus of Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW, a joint program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Institute).
Lee has appeared performing concerti alongside the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Virtuosi. As a chamber musician he has been invited to perform at Staunton Music Festival, Yellow Barn Music Festival, and Norfolk Summer Music. Lee’s performances have been broadcast live on NPR, Britain’s Classic FM, Holland’s Classic FM, and Portugal’s Antena 2, and his recordings can be heard on the MSR Records and Cantaloupe Music labels.
Lee has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a DAAD fellowship for study abroad in Germany, a Presser Foundation Music Award, and Third Prize in the 2012 James Mottram International Piano Competition.
Lee holds a D.M.A., M.M.A, and M.M. in Piano Performance from the Yale School of Music and a B.A. in literature from Yale College. He was the recipient of top prizes at both schools in recognition of his musical leadership and the quality of his academic work in music analysis and comparative literature.
Lee currently co-teaches the chamber music performance seminar at Yale College with violinist Wendy Sharp. His many wonderful teachers and mentors have included Vivian Weilerstein, Don Weilerstein, Merry Peckham, Mark Steinberg, Boris Berman, Matti Raekallio, Wei-yi Yang, Patricia Zander, Wilma Machover, Michael Friedmann, Paul Berry, and Arthur Haas.