Since his televised début with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of six, Warren Lee was destined for a lifelong career in music, both on and off the stage.
Graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and Yale School of Music with the highest honours, Warren was the first-prize winner of the 1995 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and the “Grand Prix Ivo Pogorelich”. Hailed by The Straits Times as a musician with “superb pianism… a wonderful sense of colour and impeccably controlled articulation”, Warren’s artistry has brought him to four continents, gracing stages of all sizes and forms and in collaboration with major orchestras and leading artists in the region. In recognition of his achievement in the performing arts, Warren received the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 2012.
As an educator off the stage, Warren is currently the Music Director of St. Paul’s Co-educational College and Primary School; and co-currently a guest professor of the Central Conservatory of Music EOS Orchestra Academy, the Hong Kong Representative of Royal Academy of Music, as well as an adjunct faculty or visiting artist in various universities in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and United Kingdom. His solo album, “From Bach To Gershwin”, released on Universal Music was lauded as “a success that Hong Kong can be proud of”; while his latest album "Ebony and Ivory" with clarinetist Andrew Simon on Naxos Music, also garnered favourable reviews worldwide.
A Steinway Artist as well as an MBA graduate, Warren is also an award-winning and internationally published composer. The year 2014 shall be a patriotic one for Warren, where he will perform the Yellow River Concerto with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for its National Day Concerts, as well as embark on an 9-city national tour with Boris Berman and Robert Blocker in the summer.
Warren Lee with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Samuel Wong
EBONY & IVORY: Works for Clarinet and Piano
Andrew Michael Simon, clarinet; Warren Lee, piano
"Not only is Simon a persuasive, energetic advocate for this music, but so is pianist Lee. Theirs is a true partnership, and the excellently balanced recording and fine program notes complete Naxos’s superb production. This is a winner." Fanfare Magazine, April/May 2014