RSO announces 2023 Young Artist Competition winner

(Rochester, MI) The Rochester Symphony Orchestra (RSO) is proud to announce that pianist Shaun Lee is the recipient of the 2023 Young Artist Competition award.

In addition to this award, Lee has won many others including first place in the Junior division of Piano Day competition at Oakland University; first place at the National North American Invitational Championship Classical Piano Qualification; and second place in the Michigan Music Teachers Association State Piano Competition Finals..

Lee is a Junior at Troy High School and started playing piano at the age of 5. He has been playing in the Troy High School Symphony Orchestra since his Sophomore year, and currently serves as the president of the Troy High School Symphony Orchestra Council.

He currently studies piano under Dr. Nai-Wen Wang. He also has taken Masterclasses with Dr. Tian Tian, Associate Professor of Piano at Oakland University and Dr. Christopher Harding, Chair of Piano and Professor of Music at University of Michigan.

In addition to being an accomplished pianist, Lee is a violinist who has also been studying the violin from a young age.

Shaun’s passion for music expands beyond piano and violin. In his free time, he enjoys composing music and playing the bass guitar, which are self-taught. Shaun also enjoys swimming.

As winner of the 2023 Young Artist Competition, Lee will receive $1,000 and the opportunity to perform with the RSO during the May concert. He also will share the stage with last year’s Young Artist Competition recipient, Bethlehem (Betti) Kelley, which will be a concert not to miss! For the full story, visit [insert link here].

The Young Artist Competition, started in 1982, is an annual event open to talented student musicians under the age of 22. The RSO provides this opportunity for aspiring young musicians to compete for a cash award and a solo performance at the RSO’s spring concert. The winner is chosen by audition. The Young Artist Scholarship is sponsored by the Community Foundation of
Greater Rochester.

For additional information, call Rita May, vice president of the RSO Board of Directors, at 248.652.9154.

Enriching the cultural experiences available in the Greater Rochester area, through excellence in symphonic music, is at the heart of the mission of the RSO.