Sinae Lee


South Korean-born Sinae Lee leads a busy life as a soloist, chamber musician and lecturer based in Glasgow. Since her UK début with Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), playing Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, she has also played with Korean Symphony Orchestra, St. James Orchestra, Glasgow Orchestral Society as well as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. She has frequently appeared in concerts in New York, St. Petersburg, Riga, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as cities in her native Korea such as Seoul, Suwon and Busan.

Sinae won numerous prizes in competitions such as Chung-Ang Daily Newspaper competition, and the Korean Music Association for Overseas competitors, London Intercollegiate Beethoven competition as well as many RCS Prizes including A.Ramsay-Calder Debussy Prize, Bach Prize, Governors’ Recital Prize, Concerto Competition Prize, Ian D.Watt Award and the Dunbar-Geber Prize. She obtained her BA at Seoul National University in Korea and her MMus with Distinction at Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

As a keen collaborator, she enjoys performing chamber music with fellow pianists, Aaron ShorrFali PavriJonathan Plowright and James Willshire as well as violinists such as Ilya Gringolts and Andrea Gajic. Sinae has also been in demand for giving world premieres for solo piano and ensemble works by composers including Marek PasiecznyGordon McPhersonRory BoyleVera StanojevicAlasdair SprattJay Capperauld and James Wilson. Recently, she was invited to join Glasgow New Music Expedition (GNME), a contemporary ensemble group lead by Jessica Cottis.

Sinae’s past prize adjudications include Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Piano Scholarships at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016 (regional audition), A Ramsay-Calder Debussy Prize, Walcer Prize, Peter Lindsay Miller Prize for Piano Duo at the RCS and Beethoven Prize for Junior Conservatoire at the RCS. Since 2001, Sinae has been teaching piano as a Lecturer in the department of Keyboard and Collaborative Piano at RCS.

Professional highlights

In 2006, Sinae recorded Karol Szymanowski’s complete piano works on four CDs, released by Divine Art Record Company. These recordings marked the first complete CD set, including the posthumously published Prelude in C sharp minor. This marked her début recording and received highly-acclaimed reviews from Gramophone (Recommended Recording), BBC Music Magazine (Benchmark Recording), MusicWeb International (Recording of the Month, November 2006), Pianist Magazine (Recommended Recording), All Music Guide (Classical Editors’ Best of the Year2007) and Res Musica. Some of the pieces from her Szymanowski CDs have been broadcasted on BBC Radio 3, Radio New Zealand and Busan KBS TV. In 2011, Sinae performed the complete Années de Pèlerinage by Liszt in the UK and Korea, celebrating the composer’s 200th anniversary. A studio recording was released by Nimbus Alliance in July 2012 and received rave reviews from The Classical Reviewer (Best of 2012) and MusicWeb International (Recording of the Month, April 2014).


  • MMus, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

    Apr 1999 - Jul 2000
  • BA, Seoul National University

    Mar 1995 - Feb 1999