Noémi Lee, MM
Ms. Lee was born and raised in Romania. Among her awards, Ms. Lee received third prize in the Romanian National Competition "Meserii" in 1990, in the Chautauqua Concerto Competition in 1998; and won the University of Alabama Concerto competition in 1999. She was a finalist in the Brevard Concerto Competition (1996) and the Chautauqua Piano Competition (1999). Ms. Lee has performed recitals in the United States and Europe and as a soloist with orchestras in Cluj, Romania, and at the University of Alabama. Ms. Lee was a featured performer with the Ashland (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra in March of 2001 in a production of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of Animals.
Ms. Lee is an active performer in Lynchburg, both as as a soloist and as a chamber musician. She is a founding member of the Passacaglia Piano Quintet and of an eight-hands/four-pianists ensemble featured in May 2011 at Lynchburg College. She performed the Schumann piano concerto with the Lynchburg Symphony in March of 2011.
Ms. Lee has taught music theory and sight-singing classes at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio; piano at the Center of Music and Arts in Wintersville, Ohio; and was the music director of the First Christian Church in Steubenville, Ohio. She has taught piano and served as staff accompanist at Randolph College and Sweet Briar College. Ms. Lee has taught music classes at The Virginia School of the Arts, where she was also staff accompanist.
In addition to teaching at LC, Ms. Lee runs an independent piano studio. She is the music director of Saint Thomas More Catholic Church in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Ms. Lee began her musical studies at the age of six. She received her bachelor of music from the Gh. Dima Music Academy of Cluj, Romania. She received her master of music in piano performance at the University of Alabama where she studied with Pittsburgh native, Dr. Bruce Murray, former director of the School of Music. She also served as a graduate teaching assistant in piano and music theory (1997-99) at the University of Alabama. She has also studied with Rebecca Penneys, Imreh Rohmann, Dan Grigore, Boldizsar Csiki, and Ilona Janky, and has participated in master classes with Earl Wild, Lee Luvisi, Malcolm Bilson, and Richard Glazier, among others.