Genevieve F. Lee

Everett S. Olive Professor of Music; Piano and Chamber Music
  • Expertise


    A versatile performer of music spanning five centuries, Grammy® nominated Genevieve Feiwen Lee has thrilled audiences on the piano, harpsichord, toy piano, keyboard and electronics. She enjoys finding music that challenges her to go outside of her comfort zone to sing, speak, act and play new instruments. She has given solo recitals at Merkin Concert Hall, New York, and the Salle Gaveau in Paris. Since her first concerto engagement at age twelve, she has appeared with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, Brazil; the Vrazta State Philharmonic, Bulgaria, and The Orchestra of Northern New York. Her concerts in China appeared on Hunan State Television, and her performance from the Spiegelzaal at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam was broadcast on live radio.

    Lee has premiered and commissioned numerous works, and she can be heard on the Innova, Albany and Reference labels. She was nominated in the Best Chamber Music Performance category at the 58th Grammy® Awards for the recording of Tom Flaherty’s Airdancing. In the Los Angeles area, Lee has been a guest performer with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music series at Disney Hall, Southwest Chamber Music, Jacaranda, Piano Spheres and the Hear Now New Music Festival. She is a founding member of the Mojave Trio and was a member of the Garth Newel Piano Quartet when they performed in Carnegie Hall. Lee received her degrees from the Peabody Institute, École Normale de Musique de Paris and the Yale School of Music. Having joined the Pomona College faculty in 1994, she is the first recipient of the Everett S. Olive Professorship, endowed by Yuk Mei Shim ’50.

    Research Interests

    • Piano
    • Chamber Music
    • Music Theory

    Areas of Expertise

    • Piano
    • Chamber Music
    • Music Theory
    • Ear Training
  • Work


    Elements, solo piano CD featuring the premiere recording of works by Tom Flaherty and Philippe Bodin, Albany Records, 2008

    An American Collage, Albany Records, recorded with mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato, 1993

    Selected Performances:

    Performed Gyorgy Ligeti's Continuum for harpsichord with the ballet company, Morphoses, in five performances at Stanford University, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Mondavi Center at UC Davis, and at the Granada Theater in Santa Barbara; 2010

    Solo recital on the Old First Concerts series, San Francisco, 2006

    Solo performance on a live radio broadcast (AVRO) from the Spiegelzaal, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, 2005

    Live broadcast of Chamber Music Performances on the "Sundays Live" concerts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on K-Mozart 105.1 FM, 2002-2005

    Solo and Chamber Music Performances, Garth Newel Music Center, VA, 1998-2008

    Chamber music performance at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC, 2007

    Chamber music performance at the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA, 2007

    Guest performer with XTET, one of Los Angeles's leading new music group at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2004

    Bach Four performances, multi-media performances of Bach's Well Tempered Clavier

    Mojave Trio performances on "Sundays Live" at LACMA, the Restoration Series at the South Pasadena Library, Occidental College, UC-Irvine, La Verne University, Bradford House Series in Placentia.

    Beverly Hills International Music Festival, 2006-2008, solo and chamber music performances

    Chamber Music Performances, Incontri di Canna, Italy, 1999-2003

    Concerto soloist with the Vratza State Philharmonic, Bulgaria, 2000 Concerto soloist with the Orchestra of Northern New York, 2000; Concerto soloist with the Sao Paulo State Symphony, Brazil, 1990;

  • Education


    Doctor of Musical Arts
    Yale University

    Master of Musical Arts
    Yale University

    Master of Music
    Yale University

    Diplome Supérieur d'Execution
    Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris

    Bachelor of Music
    Peabody Conservatory of Music

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Advanced Topics in Performance
    • Chamber Music
    • Individual Instruction, Level I
    • Individual Instruction, Level II
    • Lab, 20th C Music History & Theory
    • Materials of Music
    • Seven Musical Wonders of the Western World
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, 2004; commission for new piano pieces by Philippe Bodin

    Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), Long Residency Grant, 1997-98, and Short Residency Grant, 1996

    Pomona College, Faculty Travel and Research Grants, 1995-2008

    Crane School of Music, Faculty Travel Grant, 1993

    Mozart Piano Concerto Competition, Special Prize Winner, 1991

    Yale School of Music, Alumni Association Prize, 1990

    Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, First Prize in Annual Concours, 1987