Dr. Yi-Pei Lee is an active soloist, chamber musician, and music educator. She is well-versed in a wide range of styles from Baroque to contemporary music and enjoys performing pieces that are not often played, including Eugene d’Albert’s cello concerto and Bernhard Heiden’s cello works. As an enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, Lee commissioned and performed Elegy and Capriccio for Solo Cello by Wendy Wan-Ki Lee in Asia and USA. In June 2018, she premiered the Concerto “Hommage à Liège” by Piazzolla, specially arranged for cello solo and piano by cellist Shiow-San Lin in Taipei. Being a passionate chamber musician, she is the founding member of the P³ Piano Trio, aiming to promote chamber music consisting of clarinet, cello, and piano to the public.
Born in Taipei, Lee obtained the Bachelor of Music Education in Cello from Taipei Municipal Teachers College and the Master of Music in Violoncello from Indiana University (IU). She received the Doctor of Music in Violoncello under the guidance of Professor Helga Winold at IU Jacobs School of Music. A recipient of numerous awards, she has received the Eva Heinitz Cello Scholarship, the IU Merit Award, and a “Distinction Award” in cello at the Advanced Certificate level from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She has appeared in various music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Taiwan Music Festival, Kent/Blossom Music, the Cello Congress in Kobe, International Summer Academy of Biel/Bienne, and the 6 th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco.
As a dedicated educator, Lee has taught students of all levels with music and non-music majors and diverse cultural backgrounds. She served as a cello instructor at Cheehsin Chamber Ensemble in Taiwan, as an Associate Instructor at IU, and was invited to give master classes at schools, including the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and National Taiwan University of Arts. She joined the faculty at Saarburg Music Festival in Germany in 2012 and 2015. Dr. Lee is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at National Tsing Hua University, National Dong Hwa University, Chinese Culture University, and serves as a frequent judge at music competitions and on the committee for the entrance examinations to the music schools in Taiwan.