Lee Jae Phang is currently a first year student on the Master of Music in Performance programme at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). He is a student of Graham Scott and a recipient of The Helen Mackaness Award and a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award. In July, Lee Jae graduated from the RNCM with a Bachelor of Music Degree with a First Class Honours and was awarded the Hilda Anderson Dean Award.
At the RNCM, Lee Jae recently won the annual RNCM Helen Porthouse Paganini Prize with violinist Oliver Baily and was a finalist in the RNCM Chopin Prize 2016. In March 2015, he was one of the winners of the RNCM Concerto Auditions, which led to a concerto appearance with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra in December. In his first undergraduate year, Lee Jae also won the RNCM’s Mark Ray Prize. He has enjoyed performing in many concerts during his time at the RNCM, appearing in Monday Lunchtime Recitals, masterclasses and departmental festivals.
Lee Jae enjoys collaborating with other musicians and has performed in duo recitals outside college. He also appears frequently with his piano trio (Trio Lazuli) in lunchtime and evening recitals around Manchester and in North-East England. Furthermore, Lee Jae has also performed as a soloist with several orchestras. These include the Burnley Orchestra, the Alicante University Symphonic Orchestra (as part of Music Fest Perugia, Italy) and the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra.
Originally from Malaysia, Lee Jae was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Wells Cathedral School in Somerset from 2007 to 2012 where he studied with John Byrne. There he won the school’s annual Concerto Auditions which led to a concerto appearance with the school’s symphony orchestra and conductor Christopher Adey in his final year there.