Originally from San Francisco, pianist Justina Lee has served as assistant conductor, pianist, and coach for such companies as the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Castleton Festival and the Wolf Trap Opera Company.
In recital, Ms. Lee has accompanied acclaimed tenor Lawrence Brownlee, also appearing with him on the NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. She has also collaborated in recital with artists including: Alyson Cambridge, Lisette Oropesa, Dimitri Pittas, Alex Richardson, Gordon Hawkins and Linda Mabbs. She has appeared under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation residency program, and on such recital series as On Wings of Song, the Harriman-Jewell Series, the Chateauville Foundation, at the Kennedy Center with Washington Performing Arts, and most recently, with Mr. Brownlee on Renée Fleming’s VOICES recital series. Ms. Lee has been a pianist for the masterclasses with Joyce DiDonato as part of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute streamed live at medici.tv. She also serves on the faculty of the Prague Summer Nights Music Festival.
Ms. Lee is an alumna of the distinguished Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, and holds degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Manhattan School of Music. She joined the University of Maryland faculty in 2008 and currently serves as Principal Coach of the Maryland Opera Studio.