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Yura Lee, violin/viola

Violinist/violist Yura Lee is one of today’s most versatile and fascinating artists. She is one of the few in the world to master both the violin and the viola, and she actively plays both instruments equally. His career spans a variety of musical mediums: both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, captivating audiences with music from baroque to modern and enjoying a career that spans more than two decades that take it all over the world.

Yura Lee was the only first prize winner awarded in four categories at the 2013 ARD competition in Germany. She has won first prizes for violin and viola in many other competitions, including 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 Competition Bashmet International Competition (Russia) and first prizes at the Indianapolis (USA), Hannover (Germany), Kreisler (Austria) and Paganini (Italy) competitions.

At 12, Yura Lee became the youngest artist to receive the Debut Artist of the Year award at National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” awards. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Fellowship awarded by Lincoln Center in New York. Yura Lee’s CD with Reinhard Goebel and the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, entitled “Mozart in Paris” (Oehms Classics) received the prestigious Diapason d’Or Award in France.

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

As a soloist, Yura Lee has performed with many major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, name a few. She has performed with conductors Christophe Eschenbach, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, Myung-Whun Chung, Mikhail Pletnev, among others.

As a chamber musician, Yura Lee regularly participates in the Marlboro Festival, Salzburg Festival, Verbier Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, Caramoor Festival, Kronberg Festival, Aspen Music Festival, among others. She has collaborated with many artists including Gidon Kremer, Andras Schiff, Leonidas Kavakos, Mitsuko Uchida, Miklós Perényi, Yuri Bashmet, Menahem Pressler and Frans Helmerson. Yura Lee is currently a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (New York) and the Boston Chamber Music Society.

Yura Lee studied at the Juilliard School (New York), the New England Conservatory (Boston), the Salzburg Mozarteum (Austria) and the Kronberg Academy (Germany). His main teachers were Namyun Kim, Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, Miriam Fried, Paul Biss, Thomas Riebl, Ana Chumachenko and Nobuko Imai. She teaches violin and viola at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Yura Lee lives in Portland, Oregon.


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