Premio “Chopin” – 2° Premio Ex-Aequo – SHUAN HERN LEE (AUS, 15 anni)

15 year old Shuan Hern Lee was born in Perth, Western Australia.  He started piano, vocal, music theory and composition lessons at 2 and half with his dad, Yoon Sen Lee.   Shuan Hern used to play the cello, learning with Xiao Le Wu and violin with Hooi Tong Lee.  Shuan Hern is a homeschooled student with the Australian Christian College.

At the age of 9, Shuan Hern obtained the Associate of the Trinity College of London piano performance recital diploma.  At the age of 10, he obtained both the DipABRSM and the L.Mus.A for piano performance of the Australian Music Examinations Board with Distinction and also the L.Mus. Prize.

At the age of 14, he obtained the F.Mus.A diploma which is the highest honour of the Australian Music Examinations Board and also a highly rare achievement as the youngest candidate ever to achieve this diploma.

Throughout the past years, Shuan Hern has also won various top prizes at international piano competitions including 1st prize at Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford Connecticut, USA, 3rd prize at the Russian Music International Piano Competition in San Jose, USA, 1st prize at the Astana Piano Passion in Kazakhstan, various 2nd prizes at Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, 1st Prize at the Sberbank Debut International Music Competition in Ukraine, 1st prizes at the Serbia Internet International Piano Competition, 2nd prize at the International Bruno and Bradshaw Music Competition and 1st prize at the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented Music Competition.

In 2015,  Shuan Hern was Laureate at the highly prestigious 9th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Novosibirsk, Russia and he also won 1st prize and Tchaikovsky prize at the Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition in UK.

In 2016, Shuan Hern won 1st prize at the San Marino International Piano Competition aged 15 and under.  He also won 1st prize and the Audience Prize at the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians In Enschede, The Netherlands.

Shuan Hern has performed in Carnegie Hall at the age of 7 and performed solo recitals nationally and internationally.  He has performed in events such as International Kids Festival in Singapore, Recitals Australia concert series in Adelaide, Poland Chopin Piano Festival in Busko Droj, Golden Key Music Festival at Vienna Prayner Conservatorium, Imola Summer Music Festival and in Xiamen, China and various other countries.  Shuan Hern also performs regularly for the Government House Ballroom Rising Stars Concert series and was featured at their Beethoven Sonatas Marathon concert.  In Jan 2016, Shuan Hern was invited by the New York State government to perform for the Memorial Service of Martin Luther King and the event was broadcasted throughout USA.  He also performed as showcase pianist at the Sydney International Piano Competition in July 2016.

With the recommendation of concert pianist, Denis Matsuev, Shuan Hern has performed with the Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Ukraine and the State Symphony Orchestra “Novaya Rossiya” at the Crescendo Music Festival in Moscow.  He had also performed with Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra of Perth, Vienna Pops Orchestra, Perth Symphony Orchestra, Armenia State Philharmonic Orchestra, Armenia State Chamber Orchestra, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Imola Chamber Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Shuan Hern had attended masterclasses and summer festivals including Colburn in USA, Oxford Philomusica Summer School, Young Musicians Music Festival in Yerevan, Armenia and Imola International Summer School in Italy.  He had masterclasses with Wha Kyung Byun, Rustem Haroudinoff, Frank Wibaut, Joan Havill and William Fong.

Apart from piano performance, Shuan Hern won the most promising singer award at the Australian Chinese Times Idol singing competition 2014.  Shuan Hern has also been featured in the Voice Kids Show where he was in Delta Goodrem’s team.

He was a recipient of the AMP Tomorrow’s Fund Award 2014 and recipient for grant of Department of Culture and Arts, Australia.

Shuan Hern has appeared regularly on media on many occasions.  These include West Australian, Australian Chinese Times, Channel 7 Today Tonight, Australia’s Got Talent Show, Sunrise Australia and other TV and radio programmes in Australia, China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

He has recorded two CD albums, Musical Adventures 1 and Musical Adventures 2.  Besides continuing having music lessons with Yoon Sen, since 2016, Shuan Hern has been enrolled at the International Piano Academy of Imola, Italy under the tutelage of concert pianist and Chopin International Piano Competition, Warsaw, Silver medalist, Ingrid Fliter.  From 2017, With special arrangements from the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor and School of Music, Shuan Hern is currently enrolled as a part-time tertiary music student at the University of Western Australia.