Dr. Yong Im Lee Federle has performed extensively as a solo and chamber music recitalist throughout the United States and South America. Among the recent performances include a piano solo recital at the National Library of Santiago, Chile, Piedmont Concert Artists Series in High Point, and the Economic Commission for Latin America of the United Nations in Santiago, Chile. She has also performed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Bowdoin College, Dartmouth College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Crescendo Club, Longy School of Music, Indiana University South Bend, Escuela Moderna de Música, the National Library of Santiago, the Universidad Metropolitana, Instituto Chileno Norteamericano de Cultura, and Centro Montecarmelo in Chile. Dr. Federle has also performed in Rio Cuarto (Argentina), Porto Alegre (Brazil), and Ciudad de Treinta y Tres (Uruguay).
The press has described her performances as “white hot” and “with command and intensity.”
She has appeared as a soloist with the University Symphony Orchestra at UNC Grensboro, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción, the Orquesta Santa Cecilia de Chillán, and Indiana University South Bend Philharmonic Orchestra. She has won top prizes in several international competitions and has participated in masterclasses and festivals such as Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclass in Israel and the Music Festival of Frutillar in Chile.
Dr. Federle is the recipient of the Steinway Top Teacher Award for four consecutive years, 2016-2019. She was selected by The Steinway Piano Galleries in Greensboro and Charlotte in recognition for her outstanding instruction, leadership in piano training, commitment to her studio teaching and the greater music community.
She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in piano.
She is a frequent adjudicator and has given lecture-recitals at numerous conferences throughout the state, including at the UNC-G Focus on Piano Literature, the regional conference at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the College Music Society, and NCMTA Annual Conference. Areas of current research and interest include the solo piano works by Pedro Humberto Allende, Enrique Soro, and Chilean piano literature.
A recipient of the 2010 Regional Artists grant from the United Arts Council of Greensboro, Dr. Federle has recently released a CD recording containing piano works by the Chilean composer Pedro Humberto Allende.
In 2012 she was featured in a Documentary Film about the life and music of the Chilean composer Enrique Soro entitled “En Busca del Piano Perdido.”
She has served on the piano faculty at Winston-Salem State University, UNC School of the Arts, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and St. Mary's Music Academy. She is a frequent piano faculty at the UNC Greensboro Summer Music Camp. Dr. Federle is currently on the piano faculty at Wake Forest University, Salem College, and also teaches a large private studio in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Santiago, Chile, Dr. Federle holds a Bachelor's Degree with High Distinction in piano performance from Indiana University South Bend, a Master's Degree with Distinction and a Graduate Performance Diploma in piano performance from Longy School of Music in Boston, and a Doctoral of Musical Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her piano teachers include Andrew Willis, Alexander Toradze, Alexander Korsantia, Eileen Hutchins, and Sally Pinkas.