Pianist Sonya Kumiko Lee has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at world-renowned concert halls throughout the U.S. and abroad including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado, Create Center Hall in Osaka, Japan, the Colly Soleri Music Center at Arcosanti, Arizona, and the Salle des Colonnes in Fontaintebleau, France among others.
Recent highlights include a chamber music performance at the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) which was broadcast live on KUSC, Ms. Lee's first classical music video release featuring "The Banshee" by Henry Cowell, and the inaugural concert of Ms. Lee's performance series at the National Opera Center in NYC. Ms. Lee serves as the Artistic Director of the Slug and Bunny Performance Series - a multidisciplinary collaboration of musicians, actors, graphic artist, and photographer.
Ms. Lee's affinity for rock music led to collaborations with Rivers Cuomo, the brilliant lead singer of the alternative rock band, Weezer. Ms. Lee's performances with Mr. Cuomo have aired on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR, Sirius Satellite Radio, I Heart Radio for Clear Channel, on Weezer's album "Hurley" and DVD release, "Not Alone: Rivers Cuomo and Friends."
Ms. Lee can next be heard in concert at the Wednesdays at Noon Concert Series in Encinitas.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, and raised in Orange County, CA, Ms. Lee holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School where she studied with pianists Emanuel Ax and Oxana Yablonskaya.