Sydney born pianist, Tony Lee, has gained a reputation as one of Australia's finest young pianists, who seeks to transmit the essence of music and his understanding of it through his playing. Tony was artist in residence at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium from 2014 to 2016, and is a protege of the renowned Portuguese-Swiss pianist, Maria-João Pires.
Tony has performed across the Asia Pacific, Europe, the USA and has appeared as soloist with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, China National Ballet Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Lanzhou Symphony Orchestra, Chengdu Philharmonic Orchestra, Guangxi Symphony Orchestra, Samara Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
In 2022, Tony successfully embarked on a tour in Australia as soloist in the Yellow River Piano Concerto with the Queensland Symphony and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, performing at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Town Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Adelaide Town Hall and the Llewellyn Hall of the Australian National University in Canberra. Highlights in recent seasons include a debut concerto appearance with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in the European Premiere of Gareth Farr’s Piano Concerto, which was broadcast for Anzac Day on BBC Radio 4. He also had his debut concerto appearance with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra in Rachmaninov’s first concerto at the Russian Classics Festival in Flagey, Brussels, as well as the Yellow River Piano Concerto with the China National Ballet Symphony Orchestra, under Maestro Zhang Yi. He has featured in numerous chamber and solo performances in festivals and recitals including: the Shanghai 947 FM Live Radio Broadcast, Black & White Keys Festival at the Suzhou Performance Hall and also in the main and chamber halls of the Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai. Recent performances also include concerto appearances with the Lanzhou Symphony in Beethoven’s piano Concerto no. 5 and a successful collaboration in Rachmaninov’s concerto no. 1 with Meastro Li Xin Cao.
As the most highly awarded pianist in Australia, he is the First Prizewinner of the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, Australian National Piano Award, Australian Youth Classical Music Competition, John Allison & Henderson Award, and the Melbourne Great Romantics Competition. He was also named the Best Australian Pianist at the Sydney International Piano Competition in 2016. Internationally he is a top prize winner of the Louise Henriette international Piano Competition, Scriabin International Piano Competition, Keri Keri International Piano Competition, Adilia Alieva International Piano Competition, Euterpe International Competition and the Nordic International Competition.
Tony hopes to share his passion and belief in promoting music as a bridge between people and cultures in a time of disharmony.
“Lee played with confidence and gusto, his technique assured but also passionate... intelligent and thoughtful interpretation... he offered a beautiful tone across the work (Beethoven Piano Concerto
no. 2) This is a talent to watch.” - 4MBS FM Radio, Suzannah Conway
“You’d be hard pressed to disagree with the final ranking of this competition [Australian National Piano Award]... a reassuring illustration of the state of the country’s pianism...” - ANPA Highlights CD, Clive O’Connell
"The technical prowess of young Australian pianist Tony Lee were frankly mind blowing... The excitement of the performance was infectious..." - Middle C Review, Frances Robinson
“Tony Lee showed what a virtuoso he is, he played very beautifully... a very exciting young pianist" - Radio New Zealand Concert Review, Elizabeth Kerr
"Wonderful piano playing by Tony Lee... this was utterly special" - Dominion Post Review, John Button