Kum Sing Lee

Vancouver Academy of Music


Lee Kum Sing studied with Gerhard Puchelt in Berlin, with  Julius Katchen and Magda Tagliaferro in Paris and also with Hans Richter-Haaser and Orazio Frugoni.  He started his solo performing career in the 1950’s in Asia and made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall in 1963 and his London debut in Wigmore Hall in 1969.  For over three decades, he received international acclaim as a soloist and in chamber music in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia.  He has appeared with symphony orchestras in Canada and throughout Asia.  He has collaborated in concerts with leading artists such as Cho-Liang Lin, Alfredo Campoli, Dong-Suk Kang, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Rivka Golani, Kim Borg, Joan Hammond, and Betty Allen and has recorded for the BBC, Australian and Canadian Broadcasting Corporations, and other Asian and European radio and television broadcasts.  

Since 1971, Professor Lee has been Head of the Piano Department at the Vancouver Academy of Music and from 1972-2006, he was a professor of piano at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.  Since 1985, he has been Visiting Professor to a number of music conservatories in China.  For over 40 years, Professor Lee has also been conducting master classes and has been on faculty at international summer schools and festivals in Poland, Italy, Holland, France, Germany, Belgium, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Canada and USA. Kum-Sing Lee is a founding faculty member of the Morningside Music Bridge program.

Professor Lee has sat on the jury of prestigious international piano competitions, including Queen Elisabeth (Brussels), the XIII International Chopin (Warsaw), Rachmaninoff (Moscow), 3rd International China (Beijing), Concours Musical (Montreal), Esther Honens (Calgary), Gina Bachauer (Salt Lake City), Paderewski (Poland) and the Dublin International Piano Competitions.


Teaching Dates: July 29 – August 3, 2019