an Alternate Finalist at the 5th Seattle International Piano Competition (2013), 2nd Prize at the National Piano & Violin Competition Artist Category (2011), 3rd Prize at the Conservatory’s Piano Concerto Competition (2011), finalist at the 5th New York International Piano Competition (2010), 3rd Prize at the National Piano & Violin Competition Intermediate Category (2005) and Top Prize at the Young Pianist Competition Senior Category (2005). He has participated in the SMTA’s Performers Festival where he received the Platinum Award for performance distinction and was selected by the National Arts Council to participate in the 27th Kirishima Music Festival in Japan (2006). He also participated in the 3rd “Tnjre” International Festival of Young Musicians in Artsakh, Nargono Karabakh Republic (2013).
Clarence has always been a strong believer in helping the less fortunate and has been involved in Charity Concerts such as “Living with Colours!” (Tan Tock Seng Hospital Community Charity Fund, 2013), Haiti Earthquake Charity Dinner (Youthsthatcare, 2010), ‘Heartstrings’ Music Concert (Inspire’09), Thomson Medical Centre Charity Dinner (2006) and ChildAid (The Straits Times and Business Times, 2005).
Clarence has appeared as concerto soloist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Artsakh State Chamber Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Festival Orchestra, Braddell Height’s Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory’s New Music Ensemble. He has also collaborated with the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, Base Philharmonic Orchestra, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra and Ding Yi Music Company.
In 2006, Clarence was admitted to the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the age of 15 as a National Arts Council Scholar, and graduated with 1st class BMus Honours degree in 2012 after completing his mandatory National Service. He was his class valedictorian and was awarded the coveted Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medallion as the top performing scholar of his cohort. Clarence also has a Master of Music degree and a Graduate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Conservatory where he studied with both Prof. Thomas Hecht (Head of Piano Studies) and Associate Professor Albert Tiu. During his studies, Clarence was also a Singapore Representative of the Richard Wagner Association and a teaching mentor at the Conservatory’s Junior Mentor Programme.
Clarence is currently on the Piano Faculty at LASALLE College of the Arts and is also an adjunct Collaborative Pianist at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.
Singaporean pianist Clarence Lee has been praised by the Straits Times for being a “True master of sonorities”. His teachers have included Albert Tiu, Thomas Hecht, Melvyn Tan, Lori Kaufman, Marian Hahn, Winnie Tay, Amy Lim and Alice Chang.
His honours and awards include achieving the Distinction Award at the 1st Hong Kong International Music Competition for Young Pianists, Professional Open Class (2014),