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Lee Pui Ming, Composer and Pianist

Lee Pui Ming

Photo by John Lauener

Lee Pui Ming is a creating and performing artist. In addition to the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra’s commission of she comes to shore, her composition credits include commissions from erhu virtuoso (and HSO favorite) Jiebing Chen for a concerto, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, choreographer Yvonne Ng, CanAsian Dance, Kokoro Dance, Vancouver New Music, Forty-Fingers Saxophone Quartet, Evergreen Gamelan, Vancouver Chinese Cultural Centre’s Millennium Dance Project, and The Yoko Ono Project.

As a performer, Ms. Lee is an improvising pianist who has toured Canada, Europe, and Asia, appearing at such venues and festivals as The Distillery Jazz Festival (Toronto), Montreal Jazz Festival, Guelph Jazz Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, and Wie es ihr Geffalt (Zurich and Berlin). Through her many years of performance practice, she has evolved a musical language that is at once familiar and opening to new spaces.

In 1991 she released her first recording, Ming. Of her five recordings, Nine-Fold Heart (1993) was nominated in the Best Global Recording category for the Juno Awards, and Taklamakan (1999) was named one of the year’s 10 best recordings by Vancouver Straight’s Alex Varty. Her last recording, who’s playing (2002), is a completely improvised album on Montreal’s Ambiances Magnetiques label. 2010 will see the release of another recording of her solo improvisations as well as she comes to shore.

In 2005, Ms. Lee received the K. M. Hunter Artist Award in recognition of her achievement in music in Ontario. She was also awarded the Freddie Stone Award in 2000, recognizing her contribution to improvised music in Canada.

Ms. Lee’s web site is www.leepuiming.com.

February 28, 2010