About author : LEE Noël

LEE Noël

Noël Lee (born December 25, 1924 in Nanjing, China) is an American classical pianist and composer living in Paris, France. He studied music in Lafayette, Indiana, then attended Harvard University, studying with Walter Piston, Irving Fine, and Tillman Merritt and was also a student at the Longy School of Music in the early 1940s.

Following World War II, he traveled to Pariswhere he studied music with Nadia Boulanger and was a friend of Douglas Allanbrook.

He has composed orchestral, chamber, piano, vocal, and film music. In addition, he has completed several unfinished piano works by Franz Schubert, and composed cadenzas for piano concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. Lee has served as visiting professor at Brandeis University, Cornell University, and Dartmouth College.

He received numerous awards throughout his career, an Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his creative work in 1959; and from France, in 1998, the grade of Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and, in 1999, from the city of Paris, the Grand Prix de la Musique.

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