2016 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition
Preliminary Round
Van Cliburn Recital Hall

David Lee, 37
Software engineer
San Francisco, California
Taiwan/United States

David Lee asked his parents for piano lessons at age 12, and since then, his love for the instrument has only deepened. He studied with Marion Zarzeczna, whom Mr. Lee still calls one of his great friends. While pursuing his bachelor’s in computer science at Stanford University, he studied with Thomas Schultz. He also enjoyed master classes with John Perry, 1997 Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu, and 1993 Cliburn Competition alum Frederic Chiu at Stanford from 1999­–2000. After an interlude that saw Mr. Lee receive his master’s degree in predictive analytics from Northwestern University, the software engineer resumed lessons three years ago with Corey McVicar of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. An avid traveler who loves pursuing new adventures, Mr. Lee comes to the Amateur Competition eager to refine the focus of his musical pursuits. While in Fort Worth, the avid cyclist also likely will be found checking out area museums and restaurants.

CHOPIN, Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, op. 60