'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, whose interests in repertoire are diverse.  It is this openness that defines her artistry.

Her curious and explorative nature is reflected in the variety of her engagements.  She has played 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.  She has worked closely with composers Rebecca Saunders, Enno Poppe, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Richard Barrett, Kaija Saariaho, Jörg Widmann, Beat Furrer, Cécile Marti, Nina Young, and Seán ó Dálaigh – and has premiered several of their compositions.

Lee has performed worldwide, at venues such as Berliner Philharmonie, WDR Funkhaus Wallrafplatz Köln, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Concertgebouw, de Doelen, TivoliVredenburg, Royal Albert Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Carnegie Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, Teatro Gran Rex in Buenos Aires, and Teatro el Círculo de Rosario.  Recent festival appearances include Musikfest Berlin (2017), Holland Festival (2017), Jonge Harten Festival (2016), Musica nova Helsinki (2015), Klangspuren Schwaz Austria (2015), and Yellow Barn (2015).  

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)