Yong Im Lee Federle

Yong Federle

Affiliated Instructor of Piano

Dr. Yong Im Lee Federle has performed numerous solo and chamber recitals throughout South America and the United States, including piano solo recitals at the Piedmont Concert Artists Series in High Point, Wake Forest University, Chilean National Library, Teatro Municipal in Ciudad de Treinta y Tres, Uruguay, and the United Nations Headquarters in Santiago, Chile. She has appeared as a soloist with the University Symphony Orchestra at UNC Greensboro, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción, the Orquesta Santa Cecilia de Chillán, and Indiana University South Bend Philharmonic Orchestra. The press has described her performances as “white hot” and “with command and intensity.”

Dr. Federle is the recipient of the Steinway & Sons Top Teacher Award for two consecutive years, 2016 and 2017, in recognition for her outstanding instruction, leadership in piano training, and commitment to her studio teaching. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.

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.

In 2011, as a recipient of the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro Artist Grant, she released a recording of piano works by the Chilean composer Pedro Humberto Allende, and was also featured in the documentary film “En Busca del Piano Perdido (2012).”  

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.

Dr. Federle has served on the faculties of Winston Salem State University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, St. Mary’s Music Academy, and UNC School of the Arts. In addition to teaching at Salem College, she is  a faculty at Wake Forest University and also maintains a large and thriving piano studio in Winston Salem, North Carolina.


  • B.M. Indiana University South Bend
  • M.M. and Performance Diploma, Longy School of Music
  • D.M.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro