Shuan Hern Lee

Australia  I  Age 19

Born in Perth, Australia, Shuan Hern Lee started taking piano, vocal, music theory, and composition lessons with his father, Yoon Sen Lee, when he was 2½ years old. His childhood home was filled with music at all hours of the day, as both parents taught piano.

Among his many accolades are 14 international first prizes at piano competitions in Ukraine, Serbia, Netherlands, Germany, China, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Italy, France, and United States—including the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, where he became the first Australian ever to win a Cliburn competition.

Shuan Hern performed at Carnegie Hall at the age of 7, and has since concertized around the world, including with the Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Ukraine, Vienna Pops Orchestra, Perth Symphony Orchestra, Armenia State Philharmonic Orchestra, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Imola Chamber Orchestra, and West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

He has made a number of major media appearances, including Australia’s Got Talent, New York’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance in 2016, and other TV and radio programs in Australia, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. Shuan Hern recently completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Western Australia at the age of 18. He continues to study with Yoon Sen Lee and currently attends the Accademia Internazionale di Imola “Incontri col Maestro” under the tutelage of Ingrid Fliter.


Preliminary Round

HOUGH Fanfare Toccata
HAYDN Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI:52
CHOPIN Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, op. 60
BALAKIREV Islamey: Oriental Fantasy

Quarterfinal Round

BACH Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903
CHOPIN Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, op. 52
PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, op. 83

Semifinal Round – Recital

SCHUMANN Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition
PROKOFIEV Toccata in D Minor, op. 11

Semifinal Round – Mozart concerto

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466

Final Round – Concerto I

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, op. 73

Final Round – Concerto II

RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, op. 30