Doctorate of Musical Arts, University of Washington
Master of Music, Indiana University
Bachelor of Music, Rice University
A native of Washington state, pianist Dr. Thomas Lee enjoys a diverse career as a performer and teacher of the instrument. He has performed extensively around the region and on KingFM radio, as well as throughout the United States and abroad. Notable recent and upcoming engagements include solo and collaborative performances at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and the Chicago Cultural Center, as well as concerto performances with the UW Symphony Orchestra and the Kostroma Symphony in Kostroma, Russia. Thomas has claimed top prizes at the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition, Buono & Bradshaw Int'l Piano Competition, American Fine Arts Festival Int'l Concerto Competition, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Piano Competition, and the Seattle Ladies' Musical Club's Frances Walton Competition. Among Thomas' primary teachers are celebrated artists and teachers Craig Sheppard, Andre Watts, Jon Kimura Parker, and Tatiana Lanford. Thomas earend a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington, and has previously earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University, and his Master of Music degree from Indiana University on full scholarship.
A dedicated teacher, Thomas has shared his passion for music with a wide-ranging group of students from age 5 to 75--from the tiniest beginners, to advanced high school and college students and retired seniors. He has previously held teaching positions in the secondary piano departments at Indiana University and University of Washington secondary, in addition to building a successful private studio in Seattle.
Thomas' teaching philosophy is rooted in a balance between developing a firm foundation in technique and nurturing creative musical expression through an exploration of a diverse range of styles. He believes that the process of guiding a child in discovering and unlocking the fascinating language of music not only opens him or her up to a world of enjoyment and self-expression, but also encourages the development of strong sense of self-discipline and self-esteem. Above all, Thomas believes not only in producing well-rounded musicians, but well-rounded human beings through the study of music!
When not teaching, practicing or performing, Thomas enjoys working out, studying current events and politics, and most of all, cuddling with his feline best-buddy, Scarbo.