Yura Lee

Violin, Viola

Violinist/violist Yura Lee is the first prize winner of ARD Competition and the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. As a soloist, she has appeared with many major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Tokyo Philharmonic. Lee has performed with conductors Christophe Eschenbach, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, Myung-Whun Chung, and Mikhail Pletnev, among others.

Lee was nominated and represented by Carnegie Hall for its ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) series. For this series, she gave recitals at Weill Recital Hall and at nine celebrated concert halls in Europe: Wigmore Hall, London; Symphony Hall, Birmingham; the Musikverein, Vienna; the Mozarteum, Salzburg; the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; the Stockholm Konserthus; the Athens Concert Hall; and the Cologne Philharmonie.

At age 12 Lee became the youngest artist ever to receive the Debut Artist of the Year prize at the "Performance Today" awards given by National Public Radio. Lee has received numerous international prizes, including first prize at the 2013 ARD Competition (Germany), first prize and audience prize at the 2006 Leopold Mozart Competition (Germany), first prize at the 2010 UNISA International Competition (South Africa), first prize at the 2013 Yuri Bashmet International Competition (Russia), and top prizes in the Indianapolis (USA), Hannover (Germany), Kreisler (Austria) and Paganini (Italy) Competitions.

Lee’s CD with Reinhard Goebel and the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, titled ‘Mozart in Paris’ (Oehms Classics) received the prestigious Diapason d’Or Award in France.

As a chamber musician, Lee regularly takes part in the Marlboro Festival, Salzburg Festival, Verbier Festival, Caramoor Festival, Ravinia Festival, Kronberg Festival, Aspen Music Festival, among many others. Lee has collaborated with many artists including Gidon Kremer, Andras Schiff, Leonidas Kavakos, Mitsuko Uchida, Miklós Perényi, Yuri Bashmet, Menahem Pressler, and Frans Helmerson. Lee is currently a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as both violinist and violist.

Lee studied at the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory, Salzburg Mozarteum in Austria, and at the Kronberg Academy in Germany. Her main teachers were Namyun Kim, Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, Miriam Fried, Paul Biss, Thomas Riebl, Ana Chumachenko, and Nobuko Imai. She is a professor of violin at the Hochschule fur Musik in Dresden, and she divides her time between the USA and Germany.