With performances described by The New York Times as “breathtakingly beautiful”, violinist Sean Lee is quickly gaining recognition as one of today’s most talented rising artists. His debut album, “The Juilliard Sessions: Sean Lee”, was released by EMI Classics in 2012 and reached the iTunes top 20 classical bestsellers list.
Lee was selected as the winner of the 2012 Sanders/Juilliard/Tel Aviv Museum Prize, which took him to Israel for performances of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv with Frédéric Chaslin and the Jerusalem Symphony. Other awards include prizes at the“Premio Paganini” International Violin Competition and the Young Concert Artists, Inc. International Auditions. Lee has also appeared as a soloist in recent years with the Utah Symphony, Orchestra Del Teatro Carlo Felice, Westchester Symphony, Bedford Chamber Players, Peninsula Symphony,Torrance Symphony, and Redlands Symphony. As a recitalist, Lee has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in New York City, South Orange Performing Arts Center in New Jersey, Sundays Live series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Festival di Carro Paganiniano of Italy,Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium. Lee has also performed live radio broadcasts for KCSN (Los Angeles), WGBH (Boston), and WQXR (New York).
An equally involved chamber musician, Lee is currently in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as a Chamber Music Society Two Artist. Lee also recently toured for a series of chamber music performances with violinist Itzhak Perlman, performing in Miami, Virginia Beach, Toronto, and Valle de Bravo, Mexico. As a founding member, Lee performed for four years with the LK String Quartet, drawing praise from The New York Times as “…fiery and propulsive, with striking unanimity…”, and from The Washington Post for “warm tone, elegant finish, a vivid engagement with the scores’ drama and ensemble that was tight as a drum.” In recent summers, Lee has performed chamber music at Ravinia Festival, Music@Menlo, Maui Classical Music Festival, Deer Valley Music Festival, and Naumburg Orchestral Concerts at Central Park.
After studying with renowned violin pedagogue Robert Lipsett and legendary violinist Ruggiero Ricci, Lee studied at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of the internationally acclaimed Itzhak Perlman for a Bachelor of Music Degree and Master of Music Degree, and graduated as a recipient of the William Schuman Prize. During his studies, Lee led the Juilliard Orchestra for four seasons as concertmaster for performances under the batons of David Atherton, James DePriest, Xian Zhang, Alan Gilbert, and David Robertson at venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts.
In addition to his performing life, Lee is a dedicated educator. Upon finishing his studies, Lee was a teaching assistant to Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School for three years, and is currently a member of the chamber music faculty of the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. In 2010, Lee also joined the faculty of Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Institute, and is a member of the violin faculty of the Perlman Music Program, where he was a student for six years.
Lee performs on a 1799 Nicolas Lupot violin.
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