"Kaju Lee delivered this rapid and brilliant music with skill and aplomb. Her performance was delicate and it was much to the taste of the audience, and she and the orchestra were given prolonged applause at the end."
– ArtSMart music magazine states after performing Mozart Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat major, K.271 with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa —
Pianist Kaju Lee has performed in Australia, Austria, Canada, The Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, and throughout the United States. Her performances have been broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Radio Korea in Seattle, Washington, WRGC (NPR in Georgia) and the Busan Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation in South Korea. As a collaborator, she is noted for her sensitive, colorful playing, expressive tones, and her ability to “blend the sound and make music together” with other fine musicians.
Currently, Kaju is Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy and Collaborative Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where she overseas the piano/keyboard area, and teaches piano, class piano, piano pedagogy and collaborative piano. She is also on the piano faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camps. She has taught and collaborated at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia, Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, the Texas Young Artists Competition, the University of Miami in Salzburg, Austria, the Choral Symphony Society in New York City, and the Pre-College Division of the Manhattan School of Music. She has also adjudicated for several competitions, including South Carolina Music Teachers Association, the Houston Music Teachers Association, the Nacogdoches Sonatina Festival (Texas), the Conroe Music Teachers Association (Texas), the Cypress Creek Music Teachers Association (Texas), the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Piano Competition (Georgia) and the Bridging the Gap Music Festival & Competition in the Philippines.
Kaju earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado – Boulder, where she studied with an internationally renowned teacher, Anne Epperson, and completed a dissertation, “The Art of Collaborative Piano: Becoming a Complete Collaborative Artist." She also has degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and McGill University in Montréal. Her continuing education includes Fellowships to the Music Academy of the West, and the Orford Music Festival.
Her teachers and coaches include Dale Bartlett, Mary Dibbern, Raymond Beegle, Maestro Nicholas Carthy, Gregory Chaverdian, Jonathan Feldman, Vladimir Feltsman, Leonard Hokanson, Michael McMahon, Mutsumi Moteki, Heasook Rhee, Wolfram Rieger, Gait Sirguey, Robert Spillman, and the Takás String Quartet.
Kaju performs in a duo with New Zealander Cellist Emily Duffill. “Duo Élément” has presented concerts to critical acclaim in the United States, Asia and Australia. Their CD, “100 Years of Music for Cello and Piano," is for sale worldwide through iTunes, Amazon and cdbaby.com.
Her recent engagements include a tour with Bronwen Forbay (soprano), Jamie Van Eyck (mezzo-soprano), Randy Umstead (teneor), and Christian Bester (baritone) and their itinerary included concerts at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, in Belton, Texas, the University of South Africa, Stellenbosch University, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, and the Friends of Music Society, South Africa.
She has performed the Mozart Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 9 in E flat major, K. 271 with South Africa's premier orchestra, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban City Hall in South Africa. ArtSmart, a classical magazine ArtSMart states her performance of the Mozart,
"Kaju Lee, who now lives and teaches in Georgia, USA, is a slight and unassuming figure on stage, but she delivered this rapid and brilliant music with skill and aplomb. Her performance was delicate and it was much to the taste of the audience, and she and the orchestra were given prolonged applause at the end."