Entering Folkwang Music College in Essen, Germany in 1975, she subsequently won the DAAD German government scholarship, the Folkwang Prize Competition and the nationwide German Music College Union Competition.
Transferring to Muenchen Music College, she graduated with top marks in 1981. During 2 years of graduate school, she gave recitals, performed for various radio programs and earned the Bach Prize at Vianna da Motta International Competition in Lisbon.
In 1984, Miss Lee returned home to teach at Chung-Ang University as a professor. Today, Hyekyung Lee is recognized as one of Korea’s outstanding musicians with her wide concert repertoires from baroque to contemporary. In 1984 she received the 'Critic's Prize' from the Korea Music Pen Club. In 1988 she was selected as 'Musician of the Year' by Dong-A music magazine. In 1993 she received the 'Korea Music Award' from the Korea Music Society. In 2004 she received the 'Seoul Music Prize' from the Korea Music Critic Association.
Hyekyung Lee has performed at Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center in USA, in Sydney, Vienna, Moscow, Tokyo, Manila and with the Ulster Orchestra in Northern Ireland. In Korea she plays regularly with the Korea Philharmonic Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed chamber music with the Colorado String Quartet, the New Budapest String Quartet, flautists Patrick Galloy and Maxence Larrieu, trumpeter Stephen Burns, Korea’s top violinist Dong-Suk Kang and the Korean traditional drum quartet Samulnori, among many others. Miss Lee's career has also brought her in contact with many fine conductors, including Vakhtang Jordania, Bernhard Gueller, Barry Wordsworth, Sandro Suturello and Yan Pascal Tortelier.