After winning E-Hwa music competition, one of the most prestigious competitions for young musicians in Korea, Hye Kyung Lee went to America to further her musical studies.
She studied with Murray Panitz, Samuel Baron, Carol Wincenc and received Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Manhattan School of Music in 1988. Hye-Kyung Lee made her New York recital debut at the Carnegie Recital Hall after winning the Artists International Competition. Since returning to Korea in 1989 became one of the most active flutist. Her performances includes solo appearances with the KBS Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Korea Chamber Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic, Buchon Philharmonic, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, I musici de Montreal, Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan Symphony among others.
She has also participated in many international festivals including the Seoul Spring Festival, Ibach Chamber Music Festival, Gumi International Music Festival in Korea and Festival Music Alp in France, Arona International Music Festival in Spain and the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival in the U.S. She had concert tour of New Zealand sponsored by Korean government for celebrating two country's friendship. Her recent appearances include recitals in Beijing, Wuhan in China with her pianist husband Youngho Kim and also performed in Osaka, Japan. Currently she is a professor of flute at the Dan-Kook University School of Music in Korea.