An active composer/pianist, HyeKyung Lee (born in Seoul, Korea) has written works for diverse genres and media: from toy piano to big concertos, from electronic music to children’s choir. Recent commissions include a 20 minute-long electronic music, Eclipse (a multimedia dance performance piece written for the University of North Texas Dance department), a music for short film, We could be your parents, by Charlie Anderson, and an hour long multimedia piece, Dreaming in Colours, collaborating with Canaletto ensemble and an artist, Christian Faur. She is Associate Professor at Denison University, Granville, Ohio.
HyeKyung Lee will join colleagues from across the globe at the 2016 Florida International Toy Piano Festival in January 2016 presented by The New Music Conflagration, Inc.
1) How did you first become interested in the toy piano as a concert instrument?
Isabel Ettenauer (Austrian toy pianist) commissioned me to write one for her.
2) What influenced you to come to the festival?
I attended the Toy Piano World Summit in Luxemburg, Dec. 2012 and was fascinated by the variety of repertoire and the beauty of all different instruments. I hope to experience more in the Florida International Toy Piano Festival 2016.
3) Who is your favorite toy piano composer and why?
As a composer/pianist, I was more influenced by Margaret Leng Tan. I was inspired by her mastery of playing and her innovative repertoire.
4) What do you see as the future of toy piano?
Toy piano has been a new cool thing over last decade. It will keep flourishing!
5) What local place or thing are you most excited to experience during your visit to the Tampa Bay Area for the festival?
I have never been to the area. I am excited to check out all the cultural things and places.
CHECK OUT THIS WORK BY HYEKYUNG FOR NOT TOY PIANO AND MEET HER IN JANUARY 2016 DURING THE FESTIVAL!