Katherine K. Lee has garnered numerous accolades throughout her career as a pianist. She was a prizewinner at the Fifth and Sixth National Chopin Competitions, Chicago Chopin Kosciusko Competition, MTNA Competition, GM and Seventeen Magazine National Concerto Competition, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, American Pianist Association Competition, and she has received recognition as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts, Illinois Scholar, and Gilmore Young Artist.
As a Young Gilmore Artist, Katherine participated in the Gilmore Keyboard Festival where she made her debut on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and was subsequently nominated for NPR’s Debut Young Artist of the Year. Katherine made her orchestral debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the televised Illinois Young Performers Competition and was invited to return the following year to perform Saint-Saën’s Carnaval of the Animals, which she also performed with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra in Grant Park for the Independence Day Celebration. Other orchestral performances include appearances with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Florida International University Orchestra, the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the North Shore Orchestra. She has performed in venues including the Kennedy Center, Preston Bradley Hall, Beverly Hills Public Library, Second Presbyterian Church, Northbrook Public Library, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Alliance Française, Fontainebleu, and Milan.