"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.
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.