'Violin playing in service of the music.'
One of the few honored with the exceptional marking of cum laude from Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Yoonhee Lee (b. 1988, Seoul) is a versatile violinist performing extensively throughout Europe and the US. Her interests in repertoire are diverse, and it is this openness that defines her artistry.
Her curious and explorative nature is reflected in the variety of her engagements. She has performed with Asko|Schönberg, Atlas Ensemble, and Ensemble Modern Academy; she is currently on trial with Ensemble Musikfabrik. In 2015, she served as Associate Principal 1st Violin in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. An ongoing production of Hamlet in Northern Europe, with director Espen Hjort and composer Seán ó Dálaigh, features Lee in music written for solo violin and electronics. A work in progress is a collaborative piece with contemporary dancer Anni Kaila.
Recent festival appearances include Holland Festival (2017), Jonge Harten Festival (2016), Musica nova Helsinki (2015), Klangspuren Schwaz Austria (2015), and Yellow Barn (2015). Lee has worked closely with composers Richard Barrett, Kaija Saariaho, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Jörg Widmann, Beat Furrer, Cécile Marti, Nina Young, and Seán ó Dálaigh – and has premiered several of their compositions.
Her mentors include the late Masuko Ushioda, Vera Beths, and Anner Bijlsma.
Lee plays on a 2015 Andrew Ryan.
New England Conservatory (B.M. 2011, M.M. 2013), Conservatorium van Amsterdam (M.M. 2015 cum laude); Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Study Abroad (2013-14)