Sonia Lee (USA)

Sonia Lee completed her undergraduate and master’s studies at McGill University in Montreal, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois, where she took additional doctoral work in Musicology and Library and Information Science. A performer on pianos of all periods, harpsichord, clavichord, and organ with a versatile repertoire spanning from the 16th to the 21st century, she has appeared as soloist and collaborative artist at numerous festivals and venues. A strong advocate of contemporary and interdisciplinary projects, she has performed works by such prize-winning composers as Dagmar Feyen, James Dorsa, Kent Holliday, Asako Hirabayashi, Peter Machajdík, Luis Mucillo, Hyo-Shin Na, and herself. She has been invited as artist-in-residence to a variety of institutions and institutes, including the prestigious La Napoule Art Foundation in France and the Piccola accademia di Montisi in Italy.

Sonia Lee has given performances, talks and master classes in more than eighteen countries on four continents. Her performances have been praised by critics as “masterly” (Aliénor News & Notes), “nicely rendered” (Early Music America Magazine), “full of elegance and expression” (Cleveland Classical), and possessing “grace and flair” (Sounding Board, British Harpsichord Society).  She is a laureate of the Mae & Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, the Montréal Baroque Galaxie-CBC Rising Star Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, and the American Musical Instrument Society William E. Gribbons Award.

During her stay at Rucka Artist Residency, Sonia gave a master class to the students of A.Kalnins Cesis Music School on unlimited possibilities of the music world and shared her experiences in composing musical pieces. Sonia also played organs at Cesis St.John’s Church and created a music piece dedicated to the church.

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