Lee Kum Sing studied with Gerhard Puchelt in Berlin , with Julius Katchen and Magda Tagliaferro in Paris and also with Hans Richter-Haaser and Orazio Frugoni.
He started his solo performing career in the 1950’s in Singapore and Malaysia , and played the inaugural concerts at Conference Hall and the National Theatre of Singapore. He made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall in 1963 and his London debut in Wigmore Hall in 1969.
For over three decades, he received international acclaim as a soloist and in chamber music in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia . He has appeared with symphony orchestras in Canada and throughout Asia . He has collaborated in concerts with leading artists such as Cho-Liang Lin, Alfredo Campoli, Dong-Suk Kang, Bion Tsang, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Rivka Golani, Kim Borg, Joan Hammond, Betty Allen, and Takao Okamura and has been featured with the BBC, Australian and Canadian Broadcasting Corporations, and in other Asian and European radio and television recordings.
Since 1971, Professor Lee has been Head of the Piano Department at the Vancouver Academy of Music and a faculty member at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver , Canada . Since 1985, he has also been Visiting Professor to a number of music conservatories in China. Professor Lee has earned international recognition as a master teacher. Many of his students have been prizewinners in major national and international competitions and are now actively concertizing and recording.
For over 30 years, Professor Lee has been conducting master classes and has been on faculty at international summer schools in Holland, Poland, France, Belgium, Italy, Japan, China, the U.S.A. and Canada. Professor Lee is also guest professor at the University of Indiana , the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Oberlin College Conservatory and the University of Texas and has also participated in such international festivals as Ksiaz and Duszniki in Poland , the Chopin Festival in Nohant , France , the Morningside Music Bridge , the Toronto Summer Music and the Orford Music Festival in Canada.
Professor Lee sits on the jury of prestigious international piano competitions, including Queen Elisabeth ( Brussels ), the XIII International Chopin ( Warsaw ), Rachmaninoff ( Moscow ), 3 rd International China ( Beijing ), Concours Musical International ( Montreal ), Esther Honens ( Calgary ), Gina Bachauer ( Salt Lake City ), Paderewski ( Poland ), the Dublin International and the Casagrande (Italy) Piano Competitions.
In the 2010-2011 season, Professor Lee gave lectures and master classes in celebration of Chopin’s 200th anniversary in Houston, including Rice University, and will be doing two master class tours in Asia covering in Korea, Japan, and China and a master class tour in Poland.