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Sunday, August 27th, 2023

3:30 p.m.


Cantrell Hall

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise

1 College Avenue, Wise, VA 24293

Free and open to the public

W. Campbell Edmonds Concert Series

Drs. Anthony Gray and Jiyeon Lee will present a piano recital entitled Sonatenabend: An Evening of Piano Sonatas. The program will feature three contrasting works of the genre by Mozart, Scriabin and Brahms.

Dr. Jiyeon Lee, from Seoul, South Korea, is a versatile pianist, teacher and performer. She has had extensive experience as both a soloist and collaborative pianist in South Korea, the United Kingdom and America. She has appeared in most of the major recital venues in Seoul including a concerto performance with Seoul Musicali Orchestra in Young-San Art Hall, New Spring Concert at Chung-Ang University and a duo concert of Ensemble Cantabile in Mozart Hall.

In America, she performed on Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Major Artists Concert Series and frequently performs solo/duo recitals with her husband, pianist Anthony Gray. Dr. Lee is consistently in high demand as a collaborative pianist for both individuals and ensembles. While studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, she performed a song recital in celebration of the publication of Fauré Song Book Vol.1 (Peter’s Edition) with French music specialist Roy Howat. She has worked as repetiteur on several opera productions in Seoul, including Kunyoung Lee’s Spring, Spring at Daejeon Opera. She was also the official accompanist for numerous ensembles both in Korea and America.

She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Chung-Ang University, and her Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from Sung-Shin Women’s University as well as Music Master Course Certificates from the Art of Accompanying Institute, South Korea. Her teachers included Hye Kyoung Lee, Hun Won Yim, Bang Won Han, and Eun Young Lee. She also completed the Master of Arts in Piano Accompaniment Performance program at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with Ian Brown, John Reid and Andrew West. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano from West Virginia University where she studied with Dr. Lucy Mauro. Dr. Lee was on the faculty at Soong-Sil University Conservatory in South Korea, as well as the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and East Tennessee State University and is currently on the faculty at John A. Logan College and works at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Dr. Anthony Gray is currently Assistant Professor of Practice (Collaborative Piano) at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He was previously Adjunct Instructor in Piano and Collaborative Pianist at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise as well as Collaborative Pianist at East Tennessee State University. He is active both as a collaborator and soloist. As a collaborator he has been a Resident Artist at Pittsburgh Festival Opera where he performed in cabaret and musical theatre performances as well as accompanied voice lessons for world-renown faculty including company-founder Mildred Miller. He has also accompanied master classes for such artists as Marianne Cornetti, Ollie Watts-Davis and Casey Robards. Recent achievements as a soloist include 2nd prize in the Philharmonic Society of Arlington’s 2021 Young Artist Competition, 1st place (adult piano) in the US Central Region Semifinals of the 2021 Music International Grand Prix and a winner of Pittsburgh Concert Society’s 2020 Major Auditions. Dr. Gray graduated summa cum laude from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance where he received the Outstanding Student Award and was a Fine and Performing Arts Scholar in the Honors College. He completed both his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano at West Virginia University where he was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship as an Opera Workshop Accompanist and Class Piano/Private Piano Instructor for both degrees. He studied with Cherry Smith, Dr. Chih-Long Hu, Dr. Esther Park, Dr. Ching-Wen Hsiao and Dr. Lucy Mauro.

Pro-Art partners with a variety of venues, therefore individuals with mobility issues or general questions are encouraged to call (276) 376-4520 or email the Pro-Art office at pro-art@uvawise.edu. For evolving conditions related to weather cancellations, or similar unforeseen circumstances, patrons are encouraged to check proartva.org for up-to-date information. 

Pro-Art is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which receives support from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the C. Bascom Slemp Foundation, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Mountain Empire Community College, the Columbus Phipps Foundation, and the Lee County Community Foundation.

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