Cellist Yi-Pei Lee is an active soloist, chamber musician, orchestral 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 at Indiana University and Bernhard Heiden’s cello works, which she premiered in Taiwan. As an enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, Lee commissioned and performed Elegy and Capriccio for Solo Cello by Wendy Wan-Ki Leein Asia and USA. Being a passionate chamber musician and orchestral musician, she is the founding member of the P³ Piano Trio and has served as principal cellist in various orchestras, including Taipei Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Century Youth Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University Symphony Orchestra, and Fine Art Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan.
Born in Taipei, Lee obtained the Bachelor of Music Education in Cello from Taipei Municipal Teachers College (TMTC) and the Master of Music in Violoncello from Indiana University (IU). In 2009, 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, 3rd Place in the Strings Concerto Competition at TMTC, 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 6th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music (San Francisco, USA). She has participated in master classes given by János Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Joel Krosnick, Wen-Sinn Yang, Andres Diaz, Dominique de Williencourt, Carlo Schmitz, Anthony Elliott, and Young-Chang Cho.
As a dedicated educator, Dr. 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 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and National Taiwan University of Arts. Dr. Lee is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Chinese Culture University and at the National Hsinchu University of Education, and serves as a frequent judge at music competitions and on the committee for the entrance examinations to the music schools in Taiwan.