Shuan Hern Lee
16 year old West Australian pianist, Shuan Hern Lee started piano lessons at 2 and half with his dad, Yoon Sen Lee. At the age of 14, Shuan Hern has been accepted as tertiary music student at the University of Western Australia. Shuan Hern is also a student of International Piano Academy In contri Col Maestro of Imola, Italy and is currently studying with Yoon Sen Lee and Ingrid Fliter.
Shuan Hern obtained the diploma of the Associate of the Trinity College of London at the age of 9 and Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Licentiate of Music of Australia with Distinction in Piano Performance at the age of 10 (AMEB). At 14, he obtained the Fellowship of Music of Australia diploma which is the highest honour and also the youngest candidate ever to achieve this diploma in piano performance of the Australian Music Examinations Board.
Shuan Hern has won many top prizes at piano competitions including 1st prize at Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford Connecticut, USA; 1st prize at Astana Piano Passion, Kazakhstan; 1st prize at Sberbank Debut International Piano Competition, Ukraine; 1st prize at Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition in UK; 1st prize at San Marino International Piano Competition; Laureate prizes at International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Novosibirsk and Krainev International Piano Competition in Moscow, Russia; 1st prize at International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in Enschede, The Netherlands; 1st prize at International Junior E-Piano Competition in Minnesota, USA; 1st prize at Schumann International Piano Competition in Dusseldorf, Germany; 1st prize at Global Youth Pianists Competition in Shenzhen, China; 1st prize at International Piano Competition, Palma D’oro in Finale Ligure, Italy; 1st prize at the Rome International Piano Competition (Chopin Prize) and 2nd prizes at the Horowitz International Piano Competition, Ukraine and 2nd prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, USA.
Shuan Hern has performed in many countries globally as soloist and also with Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Ukraine, the State Symphony Orchestra “Novaya Rossiya” of Moscow, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Armenia State Philharmonic Orchestra, Armenia State Chamber Orchestra, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Imola Chamber Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Fremantle Symphony Orchestra, Perth Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra of Perth.
Latest News June 2019:
Congratulations to Shuan Hern on his most recent stunning achievement -winning the world-renowned:
Bernice Gressman Meyerson -
2019 Cliburn International Junior
Piano Competition & Festival.
Cliburn International Piano Competitions (like the Olympics) are only held every fours years, and although the original competition has been running since 1962, the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Competition is only the second ever to be staged.
To be selected for the Cliburn is an honour in itself, as it requires an extensive international selection process. Then the actual competition is round after increasingly demanding round of performances reducing an initial field of
23 of the world’s top young pianists
down to 14,
then 6, then the
final 3 –
all of whom perform live with the Dallas Symphony for the final judging round. Shuan Hern performed Rachmaninov Concerto No. 3 with the Dallas Symphony in the final, which was the piece he debuted with the MetSO last year in the build up to this competition.
An excerpt from Cliburn Jury Chairman Alessio Bax’s awards speech :
“In the past 9 days we were honoured to hear some of the world’s top young pianists. Note after note, phrase after phrase, they have proven to be artists of immense talent, deep musical understanding, striking individuality, and above all kind, compassionate and caring young people who clearly possess this special mysterious mix of qualities needed to be successful in this world of ours.”
News from earlier in 2019
Grand Prix (performers under 28)
Gagny International Piano Competition
France (Paris) – April 2019
16-year-old Shuan Hern won the Grand Prix First Prize plus the Best Musical Performance prize. The Gagny International Grand Prix prize also includes a return solo piano recital arranged for 4th of February 2020.
2019 WASO Performance
Early in 2019 Shuan Hern performed Gershwin’s much loved Rhapsody in Blue with the Western Australian Symphony (WASO).