Ms. Seunghee Lee (Sunny) has been recognized by Clarinet Magazine as “an uncompromising soloist destined to be an upcoming contender of top stature.” She was featured by KDFC, San Francisco’s classical radio station, as one of their Top 30 Classical Stars Under 30 upon the release of her debutalbum Brava with Summit Records in 2000.
Ms. Lee received her Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and her Master’s degree and Artist’s Diploma at the Yale School of Music. She has won numerous competitions and awards, including First Prize at the International Clarinet Association Competition, at the Saint Louis Symphony Young Artist Competition, the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition and the Yale Philharmonia Concerto Competition. At the 2013 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest in Assisi, Italy, Ms. Lee premiered some of her own transcriptions for clarinet and piano, including Brahms’ Symphony No.3 (Poco Allegretto) and Chopin’s Nocturne in c minor. An avid golfer, Ms. Lee drew on her classical music training background to achieve a single-digit handicap within a couple of years after picking up the game.
Ms. Lee will be speaking at TEDx HongKong 2013 about how to relate to your true self, what gets in the way of believing in yourself and following your true passions. Sunny will share how the perfectionism that helped her succeed as a musician also drove her to develop stage fright and a paralyzing fear of making mistakes. This became such an obstacle in her life that she eventually lost interest in making music altogether. But after picking up the game of golf, the same mental challenges she faced in golf tournaments were what allowed her to embrace her imperfections and brought her back to music, leading to releasing her second CD in 2011 entitled Embrace, which shortly after its release climbed to #4 on HMV’s classical charts in Hong Kong.