BMus - Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (2012)
MMus - Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (2015)
Acclaimed Singaporean pianist Clarence Lee, praised by the Straits Times for his “big-boned accounts” and for “drawing out melodies with much tenderness” started playing the piano at the age of 4. His teachers have included Thomas Hecht, Melvyn Tan, Lori Kaufman, Marian Hahn, Winnie Tay, Amy Lim and Alice Chang.
His honours and awards include being an Alternate Finalist at the 5th Seattle International Piano Competition (2013), 2nd Prize at the National Piano & Violin Competition Artist Category (2011), 3rd Prize at the Conservatory’s Piano Concerto Competition (2011), finalist at the 5th New York International Piano Competition (2010), 3rd Prize at the National Piano & Violin Competition Intermediate Category (2005) and Top Prize at the Young Pianist Competition Senior Category (2005). He has participated in the SMTA’s Performers Festival where he received the Platinum Award for performance distinction and was selected by the National Arts Council to participate in the 27th Kirishima Music Festival in Japan (2006). He also participated in the 3rd “Tnjre” International Festival of Young Musicians in Artsakh, Nargono Karabakh Republic (2013) and is also a recipient of the 2012 FJ Benjamin-SSO Bursary.
Clarence has also appeared as concerto soloist with the Artsakh State Chamber Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Festival Orchestra, Penang Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers and has collaborated with the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra and the Conservatory’s New Music Ensemble.
In June 2011, Clarence was selected as a member of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory’s team of musicians who participated in the inaugural Summer University held in Lausanne, Switzerland. This intensive chamber music programme invited top students and artist faculty from 5 music conservatories around the world: the Peabody Institute, Guildhall School of Drama & Music, Lausanne Conservatoire, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.
He has performed in Master classes held by renowned artists such as Leon Fleisher, Ann Schein, Nikolai Lugansky, Stephen Hough, Jacques Rouvier, Craig Sheppard, Albert Tiu, Rita Reichman, Daniel de Borah, Gustavo Romero, Jean-Jacques Balet, Vanessa Latarche, Erik Tawaststjerna, Frank Wibaut, Mikhail Solovei, Friederike Richter, Julie Bees, Andrew Ma, Warren Lee, Victor Asuncion, and by the celebrated piano duos Metro & Foti and Anne & Edward Turgeon.
In 2006, Clarence was admitted to the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the age of 15 as a National Arts Council Scholar, and graduated with 1st class BMus Honours degree in 2012 after completing his mandatory National Service. He was his class valedictorian and was awarded the coveted Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medallion as the top performing scholar of his cohort. Clarence also has a Graduate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music where he continued his studies with Prof. Thomas Hecht, Head of Piano Studies.