JessicA Lee


Hailed as “a soloist which one should make a special effort to hear, wherever she plays,” violinist Jessica Lee, Grand Prize Winner of the 2005 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, was featured in the “Launch Pad” of The Strad magazine as its “pick of up-and-coming musicians,” Describing her recital on Ravinia Rising Stars, the Chicago Tribune said: “...Lee's breathtaking dexterity should enchant anyone within hearing distance.”

Lee’s international appearances include solo performances with the Plzen Philharmonic, Gangnam Symphony, Malaysia Festival Orchestra celebrating the birthday of the Sultan of Malaysia, and in recital at the Rudolfinum in Prague. She has also appeared with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, Modesto Symphony, and made her debut at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. Festival appearances include the Bridgehampton, Santa Fe, and Olympic music festivals. Commenting on a performance with the Richmond Symphony, the Richmond Times-Dispatch said: “Her performance was flawless.”

Other recitals and appearances include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Caramoor Festival, and The Kennedy Center. Her recital at the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock was named one of the Top Ten Classical Concerts of the Year by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

An active chamber musician, Lee was a long-time member of the Johannes String Quartet, which toured with the Guarneri String Quartet in its farewell season. She was also a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two and continues to make appearances at Alice Tully Hall and the Rose Studio. Lee was featured at the Seoul Spring Festival and at venues including the Seoul Arts Center, Sejong Arts Center, and at the home of former President Bosun Yun. She has toured frequently with Musicians from Marlboro, including appearances at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and is a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, a conductor-less string ensemble.

A native of Virginia, Lee began violin studies at age 3 and quickly captured national attention with a feature in Life magazine. Following studies with Weigang Li of the Shanghai Quartet, she was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age 14 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree under the tutelage of Robert Mann and Ida Kavafian. She completed her studies with Robert Mann for a master of music degree at The Juilliard School and is on faculty here at Rutgers University and at Vassar College.