Since his televised début with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra at the tender age of six, Hong Kong-born pianist Warren Lee was destined for a lifelong career in music, both on and off the stage. His unique musical upbringing was featured on TVB’s “Sunday’s File” in 1993, and this TV documentary has since been frequently shown by universities as a teaching reference in “gifted education”.
As the winner of the 1995 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and the “Grand Prix Ivo Pogorelich”, Warren was hailed by critics as a pianist “with technique to burn, an extraordinary intellect, and a Horowitzian colour of romanticism”. Indebted to his mentors, Professors Christopher Elton and Boris Berman, Warren graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and Yale University’s School of Music with the highest of honors.
On the stage, Warren’s artistry has brought him to concert stages across three continents, appearing in prominent occasions such as the Ivo Pogorelich Festival in Germany, the Taos Chamber Music Festival and the Yale Piano Symposium in the United States, as well as Hong Kong Philharmonic’s “Dragon Star Series” in 2003, the ABRSM Gala Concert, Yale 300th Anniversary Gala Dinner and the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award Ceremony in Hong Kong.
As a recording artist, he has made over a dozen recordings for Radio Television Hong Kong, and has also served as its Artist-in-Residence in 2004 and 2005. His educational CD album, “From Bach To Gershwin: A Musical Journey” (Universal Music Hong Kong 480102-0) was released in 2008 to critical acclaim. As a chamber musician, Warren has collaborated with eminent musicians from around the world such as violinist Dennis Kim, cellists Richard Bamping and Nicholas Tzavaras, flutists Robert Aitken and Trevor Wye as well as clarinetists Andrew Simon, Nicolas Baldeyrou and Romain Guyot.
Appointed a Guest Professor by the Central Conservatory of Music EOS Orchestra Academy and an Honorary Artist-in-Residence by the Hong Kong Institute of Education, Warren devotes much of his time off the stage advancing various education initiatives. He is also co-currently serving as the Music Director of his alma mater, St. Paul’s Co-educational College in Hong Kong.
Warren holds an MBA degree from the HKUST Business School and is an elected member of the international honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma.