Teen Pianist Dreams of Concert Career

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Eun-Hye "Grace" Lee

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Award Winner

Congratulations to Eun-Hye Lee recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Eun-Hye will receive an award of $10,000 to help her continue her music studies and assist her with music-related needs.

Eun-Hye "Grace" Lee has been surrounded by music all of her life. "My father is a music minister so I've been hearing music from the time I was in my mother's womb," she says. "I'd hear melodies when I was very little and naturally want to play them myself."

Lee started taking piano lessons when she was six after her parents found her at the piano, plunking out the notes of a song she'd heard at church. Grace's father has been a major force in both her musical and religious life. "My dad has been like a mentor to me, and we play together at church services" she says.

Lee is also very close to her mother and brother. "My mother is my best friend, and I like to hang around with my brother when I'm not practicing," she says. Lee hopes to one day become a concert pianist. "I'm in love with music," she states. "I love the moments when I'm learning a new piece, and I love the moments when I'm polishing the piece and making it my own. I love the whole process of making music." She performs music by Samuel Barber.

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