HyeKyung Lee (born in Seoul, Korea) graduated from YonSei University where she studied with Chan-hae Lee, In-Yong Na, and Jae-Eun Ha. She did her graduate study at The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied composition with Karl Korte, Donald Grantham, Dan Welcher, Stephen Montague, electronic music with Russell Pinkston, and piano with Danielle Martin and HeaSook Rhee. She also studied with Bernard Rands at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and Ladislav Kubik at the Czech-American Summer Music Institute in Prague.
Her awards include the Harvey Gaul Composition Competition Award (honorable mention), ASCAP Standard Awards, Composers Guild Award, Delius Composition Contest Prize, Nancy Van de Vate Prize for Orchestral Music, Search for New Music Prize from International Alliance for Women in Music. In addition, she has been awarded fellowships for residencies from the Ragdale Foundation, Djerassi Foundation, Millay Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Villa Montalvo, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and MacDowell Colony.
An accomplished pianist, HyeKyung recorded a CD, "Blue" with saxophonist Todd Yukumoto (released on Equilibrium), featuring her own Sonatina for Soprano Saxophone and Piano and Musique Legere for Alto Saxophone and Piano. Her Suite for Solo Piano is available on New Ariel Recordings (performed by Jeffrey Jacob), Opposed Directions for Disklavier and Live-electronics (performed by herself) on Volume 8 of the SEAMUS CD Series, Quickly Casual for Violin, Cello, and two percussions on Robin Cox ensemble Vol. 7, Saxophone Concerto on Mark Custom Recordings (performed by Havery Pittel with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble), conFUsion/comBUstion for piano and tape on Capstone Records (performed by herself). One of her commissioned work, "Dreaming in Colours" for Bassoon and Piano was written for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and premiered by the contestants in Austin, Texas, June 2005.
She has been a Composer-in-Residence at Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Houston, University of Florida, University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music and has been a visiting assistant professor at the University of Hawaii, Bowling Green State University, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Ohio Wesleyan University. Currently she is an assistant professor of music at Denison University.