R. Andrew Lee

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R. Andrew Lee
Born (1982-05-10) May 10, 1982 (age 41)
GenresMinimal music
Years active2010–present
LabelsIrritable Hedgehog Music

R. Andrew Lee (born 1982, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri[1]) is an American pianist of contemporary classical music, with a particular emphasis on Minimal music[2] and music of the Wandelweiser collective.[3] He has recorded ten albums for Irritable Hedgehog Music.


R. Andrew Lee received a BM in piano performance from Truman State University in 2004, where he studied under Dr. David McKamie.[4] He continued his education in piano performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he met David McIntire, with whom he would eventually help launch Irritable Hedgehog Music.[5] Lee cites McIntire as having introduced him to William Duckworth's The Time Curve Preludes, which sparked his interest in minimalist music.[6] Lee received his MM in 2006 and his DMA in 2011 from UMKC.


R. Andrew Lee began his career as Artist-in-Residence at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri in January 2009.[7] On 30 October 2010, he released his first album with Irritable Hedgehog Music, Tom Johnson: An Hour for Piano.[8] This album, the first recording of An Hour for Piano to be exactly one hour,[9] also marked the first release for Irritable Hedgehog.

In August 2011, Lee took a position at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, becoming the Associate University Minister for Liturgical & Sacred Music.[7] There he oversees music for liturgical celebrations while also teaching in the music department.[10]

Lee continued to record for Irritable Hedgehog, garnering increasing attention from critics. His third album, William Duckworth: The Time Curve Preludes was named by a 2012 Critics' Choice by Gramophone Magazine.[11] His fifth album, Dennis Johnson: November was named by Steve Smith of Time Out NY as the best classical album of 2013,[12] and his sixth album, Eva-Maria Houben: Piano Music was selected by Alex Ross of The New Yorker as one of ten notable classical recordings of 2013.[13]

Lee has performed across the United States, including cities such as Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, Chicago, Boston and New York. He has also performed abroad in Canada, England, France, Belgium, and Italy.[14]

As a performer, Lee has taken an interest in music of an extended duration, performing and commissioning works that are often multiple hours long.[15]


The intersection of temporality is a primary research avenue for R. Andrew Lee, having published work with the CeReNeM Journal.[16] Lee also writes reviews and opinion pieces for NewMusicBox[17] and I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Lee currently resides in Denver, Colorado, with his wife and three children. He takes "grilling and drinking seriously" and also notes a "penchant for interesting socks."[4]


  • Michael Waller: Moments - 2019
  • Bryan Christian: Each Flows Into the Other - Irritable Hedgehog Music, 2019
  • Randy Gibson: Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of The Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield 16 VIII 10 (Kansas City) - Irritable Hedgehog Music, 2017
  • Michael Waller: Trajectories - 2017 (with Seth Parker Woods, cello)
  • Gibson Knight EP - 2017
  • Erik Satie: By and After Satie - 2017
  • Ryan Oldham: Inner Monologues - Irritable Hedgehog Music, 2017
  • Adrian Knight: Obsessions - Irritable Hedgehog Music, 2016
  • Paul A. Epstein: Piano Music - Irritable Hedgehog Music, 2015
  • Jay Batzner: as if to each other - Irritable Hedgehog Music, 2015
  • Jürg Frey: Pianist, Alone - Irritable Hedgehog Music, 2014
  • Eva-Maria Houben: Piano Music - Irritable Hedgehog Music, 2013
  • Dennis Johnson: November - Irritable Hedgehog Music, 2013
  • Jürg Frey: Piano Music - Irritable Hedgehog Music, 2012
  • William Duckworth: The Time Curve Preludes - Irritable Hedgehog Music, 2011
  • Ann Southam: Soundings for a New Piano - Irritable Hedgehog Music, 2011
  • Tom Johnson: An Hour for Piano - Irritable Hedgehog Music, 2010


  1. ^ "The Interaction of Linear and Vertical Time in Minimalist and Postminimalist Piano Music, Vita" (PDF). R. Andrew Lee Dissertation, Vita. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Classical Playlist: Martha Argerich, Third Coast Percussion, Garrick Ohlsson and More". New York Times. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  3. ^ Smith, Steve. "Wandelwatching: Music for Contemplation, March 1, 2014". Night After Night. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b "R. Andrew Lee Bio". R. Andrew Lee. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  5. ^ "2015 Awardees". UMKC Alumni Association. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  6. ^ McGovern, Chris. "R. Andrew Lee". The Glass Blog. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  7. ^ a b "R. Andrew Lee". Vitae. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Tom Johnson: An Hour for Piano". Irritable Hedgehog. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  9. ^ Jackson, Tom. "Andy Lee's a Sixty Minute Man". Modern Tempo. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  10. ^ "R. Andrew Lee Faculty Bio". Regis University. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  11. ^ "UMKC Alumnus Named Gramophone Magazine's Critic's Choice". UMKC. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  12. ^ Smith, Steve. "Best of 2013: Best classical music of 2013". Time Out NY. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  13. ^ Ross, Alex (15 December 2013). "Notable Classical Performances and Recordings of 2013". The New Yorker. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  14. ^ "R. Andrew Lee Schedule". R. Andrew Lee.
  15. ^ McElhearn, Kirk. "Interview with R. Andrew Lee, Minimalist Pianist". Kirkville. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  16. ^ Lee, R. Andrew (November 2012). "Temporality as an Analytical Approach to Minimalist Music: Tom Johnson's An Hour for Piano". CeReNeM. 1 (3): 37–57. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Author Archives: R. Andrew Lee". NewMusicBox. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  18. ^ "All Posts by Andrew Lee". I CARE IF YOU LISTEN. Retrieved 4 May 2015.

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