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Mike Cheng-Yu Lee

Postdoctoral Scholar, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Music Theory)

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Merrill Hall, MU102

  • Ph.D. in Musicology, Cornell University, 2015
  • M.M. in Piano Performance, Yale University, 2003
  • B.M. in Piano Performance, New England Conservatory, 2001

Mike Cheng-Yu Lee is a postdoctoral scholar and visiting assistant professor of music theory at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He previously served as a lecturer in music theory at Yale and Cornell universities.

As a fortepianist and scholar, his research bridges the disciplinary boundaries between performance, analysis, and historical research in ways that embody their fluid enactment through writing, teaching, and performing. His most recent research explores how the functions of human intentionality relate embodied knowledge to musical meaning. The research draws on analytic philosophies of language and mind to develop a theory of musical intentionality that explores the tripartite relation between intentions of human agents, the meanings they enact, and aspects of materiality.

Awarded second prize and audience prize at the 2011 Westfield International Fortepiano Competition by a jury that included Robert Levin and Christopher Hogwood, Lee performs on pianos from the eighteenth century to the present. He recently held a week-long residency appearing with the New World Symphony at the invitation of Michael Tilson Thomas. As a chamber musician, Lee has collaborated with musicians including Joseph Lin (Juilliard String Quartet), Clancy Newman (former Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio), and Tatiana Samouil, among others who integrate modern and period instruments. He has been invited to Kneisel Hall, Sarasota, and Mayfest summer music festivals.