Contestant 12: Ka Ling Colleen Lee
Hong Kong-born Ka Ling Colleen Lee is playing regularly at prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall and Chopin’s Manor, but makes her first visit to Norway during Top of the World 2013, with her eyes set on the top prize.
Lee began piano lessons when she was 4, and started studying with Miss Eleanor Wong upon admission to the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts only two years later. She graduated valedictorian in 2001 (Bachelor’s) and again in 2003 (Professional Diploma), and has since been working with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule in Hannover, Germany.
She has given recitals extensively on nearly every continent, in venues from Carnegie Hall in New York to Chopin’s Manor in Poland, and has collaborated with many major orchestras, performing works from Bach to world premieres of Tjeknavorian and others. She was a guest artist at prestigious festivals in Austria (Carinthia), France (Prades “Casals”), Germany (Meissen, Goslar), Italy (Assisi), Holland (Holland Music Sessions) and Poland (Antonin, Chopin Duszniki Zdroj), and has been heard on radio in Hong Kong, Poland, Germany, Italy, Scotland and the United States.
Since winning the 6th Prize at the prestigious International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2005, Colleen Lee has performed extensively around the world in cities including New York, Boston, London, Warsaw, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Amsterdam, Prague, Vienna, Tokyo and Tele Aviv, and has been featured at festivals including the International Chopin Festival in Poland, Pianoforte-Festival Meissen in Germany, International Keyboard Festival in New York and Bowdoin International Music Festival.
Lee has won several prizes, including 1st Prize at the Third International Seiler Piano Competition in Germany, the 2003 Dorothy Mackenzie Artist Recognition Award, Pro Musicis International Award, Gina Bachauer International Artist Competition Award, and was Laureate of the 16th Santander International Piano Competition in Spain. Colleen was Artist Associate of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in 2010/2011.
She is internationally acclaimed as one of the leading pianists of her generation, and has been engaged to perform in the New Masters on Tour Series in Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and Den Haag; as well as in New York, San Francisco and Tel-Aviv (with the Israel Philharmonic) among other prestigious venues, for the upcoming season.
She has recorded regularly for RTHK Radio 4 for both recitals and chamber series.
Also, she was one of the artists presented in the acclaimed Outstanding Young Chinese Musicians Series (2006), and was one of the ten outstanding Hong Kong musicians featured in the CD and programme “Gifted” presented by RTHK 4, to celebrate the 10th years of the Establishment of the Hong Kong SAR. Her début CD – an all Chopin album, recorded in Warsaw with the Pleyel Piano – was issued by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in 2006. In February 2008, she recorded her second CD, including all Scarlatti Sonatas.