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 soloist in residence at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium from 2014 to 2016, under the direction of 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, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Beijing Oriental Symphony, Guangxi Symphony Orchestra, Samara Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
There have been a number of highlights in recent seasons. Tony’s debut concerto appearance with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in the European Premiere of Gareth Farr’s Piano Concerto, 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 in Rachmaninov’s second concerto with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra at the Shanghai Symphony Concert Hall. Tony recently also completed a tour in China with the Beijing Oriental Symphony Orchestra, as soloist in the Yellow River Piano Concerto. He has featured in numerous chamber and solo performances in festivals and recitals including: the Wallonie Music Festival in Belgium, Arctic Arts Festival and Northern Lights Festival in Norway, 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.
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