Korean born guitarist Rosa Hyewon Lee has delighted audiences throughout the Netherlands and the USA with the warm tone and elegant style of her performance. Her brilliant technique and passionate interpretations both as soloist and chamber music player have earned her invitations to perform for the Ministry of Art and Culture, the Theater de Tobbe, the Liduina concert series, and the Alhambra guitar concert series, all in the Netherlands. She has also performed for the Korean Community Center fundraising concert in New Jersey, the Puffin Cultural Forum in New Jersey, the Bethlehem Guitar Festival in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Guitar Society concert series, and the concert for North Korean refugees and the homeless in New York.

Rosa began playing guitar with Korean guitarists, Euichul Kim and Hyungik Song, at the age of eleven and later began to study oboe as well. With the encouragement of her family and teachers, she focused primarily on the oboe throughout her school years. She later received a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Catholic University in Seoul, Korea. Though never abandoning her love for the guitar, she entered the master’s course for oboe in graduate school. Soon afterwards, having decided to study oboe abroad, she began to realize that her growing love of guitar had become a true passion and she decided to devote her life and energies to the guitar.

Rosa returned to the guitar with an unquenchable zeal. In 1999, after studying with Dick Hoogeveen, she received a diploma in classical guitar from the Rotterdam Conservatory. She continued her studies with Enno Voorhorst at the Royal Conservatory in Hague, Netherlands, where she received her diploma cum laude for professional performing and chamber music in2002.

Rosa has attended international guitar festivals in Germany, Spain, and Austria where she received instruction from many renowned guitarists such as Oscar Ghiglia, David Russell, David Starobin, Raphaella Smits, Carlo Marchione, John Mills, Thomas Müller-Perring, Carlos Bonell, Alex Garobe, Nicholas Goluses and Julian Gray. Her first solo guitar CD, The Memory of 20th Century Guitar Music, was released in 2005 by Centaur Records, Inc.

Rosa was honored on this CD to perform the world premiere recording of “Variations on an Italian Folk Song, op. 139” by English composer, John W. Duarte who passed away in 2004 and for whom Rosa had personally performed in Austria two years before. The recording aired on KBS FM and PBS classical radio stations in Seoul Korea, Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas where it received glowing reviews. Later, her live concert in Baltimore, Maryland was broadcast by the local TV station.

ACCLAIM

Enno Voorhorst, Royal Conservatory in Hague, The Netherlands:
“She is excellent for solo as well as chamber music. Dynamic and delicate articulation make the structure clearly.”

Nicholas Goluses, Eastman School of Music:
“It was a joy to hear your elegant playing. You play with a refined technique and artistry.”

John W. Duarte, composer:
“I was surprised and pleased to hear how well Rosa Hyewon plays this difficult piece.”
(In reference to this World Premier recording of his” Variations on an Italian Folk Song.”)

John Mills, Head of Guitar at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London, United Kingdom:
“Excellent playing with brilliant technique and a very nice tone”

David Leisner, Faculty of the Manhattan School of Music:
“Rosa is a very gifted guitarist. She plays with a strong technique, high level of musicality, a passionate and urgent sense of commitment and ease, as a result, an extremely communicative performer.”

Christopher McGuire, Artistic Director of the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society and performer:
“Ms. Rosa Hyewon Lee commands a beautiful style of playing the guitar, using a virtuoso technique to share with the audience her passion for the message of each piece of music she performs.”

CD REVIEW

American record guide
"Rosa Hyewon Lee plays this 20th Century program with clarity and refinement. Her technique is extremely clean, her tone is smooth, and her interpretations carefully considered."

Guitar Review
"Lee’s musical talent is obvious. One of Lee’s greatest assets is her sensitive attention to dynamics."