Constanze Lee, pianoforte

Constanze Lee graduated from The Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, where she was awarded a Master’s degree of Music (with Distinction) in fortepiano and historical performance practice. At the conservatoire, she received prestigious guidance from her teachers, the renowned Dutch fortepianists, Dr. Bart van Oort and Mr. Stanley Hoogland.

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Background

Constanze was born in Hong Kong. She began to have piano lessons since the age of five. Later, she studied piano performance in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1996 with Mr. Gabriel Kwok, where she was awarded her Diploma in Music and Bachelor degree in Piano with Honours. She also received the diploma of Licentiate in Piano Performance (with Distinction) from the Trinity College of Music, as well as the Advanced Certificate of Piano Performance (with Distinction) from the Royal Schools of Music.

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Awards

During her studies, Constanze was awarded several prestigious scholarships, including the Bloomberg Scholarship and a scholarship from the Liberal Arts department leaded by Prof. Betty Wei, where she toured Europe in summer 2000 with her research in fine arts. Later on, when she pursued her studies in the Netherlands, in 2001 to 2004, she was awarded two times continuously the honoured full scholarships from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund.

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Performance

Constanze enjoys performing solo and chamber repertoire. She has given numerous concerts in Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria. She has performed in the Grachten Festival Amsterdam, Utrecht Early Music Festival’s fringe concert and in the Austrian Carinthia’s Music festival with the Hong Kong Academy Orchestra.

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In 2006, she performed a Mozart’s concerto with the Royal Conservatoire Orchestra, conducted by Ryo Terakado to celebrate the 250 anniversary of Mozart’s birthday, where she received comments from music critics that ‘Constanze Lee performed the concerto in a magisterial manner’. (HAGAZ!INE, January 2006)

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In 2008, Constanze gave concerts regularly with her vocal ensemble, Trio Luscinia, featuring with a Canadian Soprano, Stefanie True and an Austrian mezzo-soprano, Michaela Riener. They performed throughout the Netherlands, including in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, the Muziekcentrum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Muziekcentrum Vredenburg in Utrecht.

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Constanze also performed with the Dutch opera singer, Franciska Dukel, as a duo, specialising Dutch and German lieder from the 19th century and 20th century. They had a recording with Mendelssohn Lieder on Radio 4 in The Netherlands in February 2009.

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In 2009 and 2010, Festival Classique invited Constanze and her ensemble Trio Luscinia to perform – this festival is known as one of the most important music festival in The Netherlands every year.

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Since 2009, Constanze gives regularly concerts in Haags Historisch Museum in The Netherlands.

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In January 2011, Constanze will give a concert with Trio Luscinia in the concert series of Oude Muziek Utrecht, a concert with Schumann’s works.

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Research

Besides performing, doing music history research is another passion in Constanze’s musical career. In 2009, she discovered an unknown manuscript of Mendelssohn which was a new version of a song ‘Bei der Wiege’ Op.47, No.6. She contributed her discovery to Leipziger Mendelssohn-Gesamtausgabe, (Dr. Ralf Wehner), in the making of the New Mendelssohn Thematic-Systematic catalogue of musical works.

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Career

Constanze was the pianist and harpsichordist in the Hong Kong Sinfonietta from 2001 to 2003. And she has been the accompanist of the Henry Blackmon Singers in The Hague. She worked as a coach in ensemble performance practice at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2003. Currently she has her private teaching studio for teaching piano, fortepiano and music theory in The Hague.

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