AGE 47 I TAMPA, FLORIDA I SOUTH KOREA
After initial piano training in his native Korea from age 8 to 14, Seung-Yeop Lee says his passion for the instrument was ignited when he started taking lessons from his son’s piano teacher in 2018. His career has followed his other love, math. After earning a B.S. in physics from Seoul National University, Seung-Yeop moved to the United States, completing his master’s at Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He’s lived in Tampa since 2013, currently serving as associate professor in mathematics at the University of South Florida. He sees the Cliburn Amateur as a chance to grow as a musician through learning and performance.