WARREN LEE

"A first-rate artist" American Record Guide

Hailed by The Straits Times as a musician with “a wonderful sense of colour and impeccably controlled articulation” and lauded by critics of his recital-presentation at Carnegie Hall in celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial as “ingenious” and “compelling”, Warren’s artistry has brought him to five continents, gracing stages of all sizes and forms and in collaboration with international artists and leading orchestras in Asia and beyond.  


Warren made his televised début with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of six and was the first-prize winner of the 1995 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and Grand Prix Ivo Pogorelich. A Steinway Artist since 2009, Warren’s discography includes 10 acclaimed solo and chamber music albums on Naxos. His recent Beethoven recording of the composer’s own transcription of the ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus, was warmly received by The BBC Music Magazine (“…enjoyable enough under the capable hands of Warren Lee”). The American Record Guide calls him a “first-rate artist” on his recording of piano music by Tan Dun and Bernstein.

Off the stage, Warren is an educator and an award-winning composer with over a hundred works in print. In recognition of his contributions to the arts, Warren received the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in Hong Kong in 2012, an Associateship from the Royal Academy of Music in 2015 and the Ian Mininberg Distinguished Alumni Award by the Yale School of Music in 2017. Warren wears his favourite PYE shirt on stage.

 
 

"Not for nothing have the piano makers Steinway enlisted Lee as one of their signature artists…” 

The Straits Times 12 September 2011

Warren's playing can be heard on any Steinway SPIRIO piano.

​李偉安

鋼琴家李偉安出生於香港,自六歲首度與香港管弦樂團演出獲電視及電台轉播開始,就與音樂結下不解之緣,不管在台上台下,一直走著命定的音樂之路。一九九八年,李偉安與澳門室樂團同台演出,獲《南華早報》報導:「李偉安的演出印證了……出色的藝術家除了值得讚譽,更值得珍惜和重視;他們擁有強大的力量,這種力量遠超身軀所能盛載。」一九九三年,香港無綫電視為這位「音樂神童」拍攝紀錄特輯,在《星期日檔案》節目中播出。時至今日,該節目仍然是不少大學研究「資優教育」課題時的教材。 

李偉安於一九九五年贏得史達拉汶斯基大獎國際鋼琴比賽冠軍及德國普哥利殊音樂節大獎,十八歲時首度於歐洲演出,獲《海峽時報》讚譽為一位擁有「精湛絕倫的鋼琴演奏……及對每顆音符完美無瑕的操控」的鋼琴家。其後,李偉安於卡內基音樂廳的首演獲讚譽:「處理鉅細無遺……而且演繹精確」。李偉安多次與世界各地的頂尖音樂家及樂團合作,在大大小小的音樂廳和音樂盛事中演出,足跡遍及五大洲。 

李偉安多次為拿索斯灌錄獨奏及室樂合奏專輯,獲《美國唱片指南》讚譽他為「一流藝術家」。自二零零九年,李偉安擔任「施坦威藝術家」,並於二零一六年為其新發行的「新悅鋼琴」錄音。 

李偉安現為聖保羅男女中學及附屬小學的音樂總監,並於世界各地多所院校擔任客席講師和藝術家。一九九一年,李偉安初次參與香港電台第四台廣播,自此多次合作,現為其主持節目。 

李偉安是一位多才多藝的作曲家,合唱作品在國際舞台嶄露鋒芒,於亞洲、歐洲及北美洲等地演出及出版。他的合唱作品《House Rules》取材自為人熟悉的「諾基亞」鈴聲,二零一三年,作品於瑞士舉辦的國際作曲比賽中贏得第二名。

李偉安抱著以藝術改善社會的願景,多年來熱心參與不同機構的慈善項目,包括雅禮協會、香港愛樂團、苗圃行動及音樂兒童基金會等。憑著音樂專業上的傑出成就和貢獻,李偉安於二零一二年獲選為香港十大傑出青年,於二零一五年獲選為英國皇家音樂學院名譽成員,並於二零一七年獲耶魯大學音樂學院頒發Ian Mininberg傑出校友獎項。

 

WARREN LEE

His Life Story Goes...

Since his televised début with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of six, Hong Kong-born pianist Warren Lee embarked on a lifelong career in music, both on and off the stage. The South China Morning Post wrote after his performance with the Macau Chamber Orchestra in 1988, “Warren Lee’s performance bore out the insight… that exceptional artists are not so much people to be praised as phenomena to be treasured, bearers of a power altogether greater than the poor vessels that contain it.” His life as a child prodigy was documented on Hong Kong Television Broadcasts’ Sunday’s File in 1993, which has become a teaching reference on “gifted education” in universities.


A scholar graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and Yale School of Music, Warren was the first-prize winner of the 1995 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and the Grand Prix Ivo Pogorelich, as a result of which he made his European début at the Pogorelich Festival in Germany at the age of 18. Hailed by The Straits Times as a musician with “superb pianism… a wonderful sense of colour and impeccably controlled articulation” and lauded by critics of his Carnegie Hall debut as having “thought through his approach to the finest of details and… executed with exact precision…”, Warren’s artistry has brought him to concert halls on five continents, gracing stages of all sizes and forms, and in collaboration with leading international artists and orchestras.

Warren’s discography includes 10 acclaimed albums of solo and chamber music repertoire on Naxos. The American Record Guide calls him a “first-rate artist”. A Steinway Artist since 2009, he was among the first artists to record on Steinway’s SPIRIO upon its launch in 2016. 

Currently the Music Director of St. Paul’s Co-educational College which received the Yale School of Music Cultural Leadership Citation in 2016, Warren co-currently serves as a guest professor at the Central Conservatory of Music EOS Orchestra Academy, the Hong Kong Representative of Royal Academy of Music, as well as an adjunct faculty and guest artist in various institutions around the world. He also hosts a programme on Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 4, with which he has a long-standing relationship with since his début broadcast in 1991.

As a versatile composer, Warren's choral works have been gaining an international reputation, with works performed and published in Asia, Europe and North America. His work House Rules, based on the Nokia ringtone, won the 2nd Prize of the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award in Switzerland in 2013. Adding to his expanding catalogue that encompasses various genres, his series of sight-reading method, Sight-Reading Plus, was published in 2015.

With a vision of bettering the community through the art, Warren enjoys a long history of engagement in charity projects with organizations such as the Yale-China Association, SAR Philharmonic, Sowers Actions and Music Children Foundation.

In recognition of his significant contributions to the musical arts, Warren received the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in Hong Kong in 2012, an Associateship from the Royal Academy of Music in 2015 and the Ian Mininberg Distinguished Alumni Award by the Yale School of Music in 2017. Warren wears his favourite PYE shirt on stage.

 

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