November 16 at 6 p.m.
Donald Lee III recently received his Master’s Degree in Piano from CCM, where he was a Yates Scholar and student of Awadagin Pratt. He has won numerous awards and prizes including MTNA, James Madison University Concerto Competition, Harold Protsman Classical Period Competition, and the Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition. He has made appearances as soloist with the James Madison University Symphony Orchestra in VA, as well as the Guilford Symphony Orchestra in NC.
Donald received his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University where he was a Presser Scholar and student of Dr. Eric Ruple. He also received instruction from Brazilian pianist, Luiz de Moura Castro during his undergraduate years. Having attended the Eastern Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institution, the Art of the Piano festival, and the Wintergreen Festival (which he was invited to attend after winning the VMTA Piano Concerto Competition), he has had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses for renowned pianists such as Boris Slutsky, Jim Giles, Paul Schenly, and Yong Hi Moon to name a few.
In August 2018, Donald joined the faculty of the Kentucky State University as an Assistant Professor of Piano. Also an accomplished gospel musician, he serves as keyboardist for New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Cincinnati, OH while maintaining a private piano studio.