Seattle-based pianist Thomas Lee enjoys as diverse career as a performer and teacher of the instrument. As both a solo and collaborative pianist, he has performed extensively around the region and on KingFM radio, as well as throughout the United States and abroad. A dedicated chamber musician, he currently plays with Nightjar, Seattle's newest chamber music society.
Born in Hong Kong and raised in the Seattle area, Thomas received his pre-college training from Tatiana Lanford before pursuing undergraduate studies with Jon Kimura Parker at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, and graduate studies at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music on full scholarship under the tutelage of André Watts. Thomas returned to the Seattle area to pursue doctoral studies under the guidance of Craig Sheppard at the University of Washington, where he earned degree Doctor of Music Arts. His doctoral dissertation, "Evocations of Nature in the Piano Music of Franz Liszt and the Seeds of Impressionism," explores a much-neglected aspect of Liszt scholarship by uncovering the origins of pianistic Impressionism in many of Liszt's works spanning his entire life and output.
Thomas has claimed top prizes at the Buono & Bradshaw International Piano Competition, American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition, National Federated Music Clubs Young Artist Competition, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Piano Competition, and the Frances Walton Competition.