Anna Lee, violin
Anna Lee began violin studies at the age of four with Alexander Souptel and debuted as soloist performing the Paganini Violin Concerto #1 a year and a half later with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Lan Shui. She spent a large part of her childhood in Japan and Singapore even though she was born in South Korea, and at the age of six moved to New York after being accepted to the Juilliard School Pre-College Division under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki.
She has appeared in Carnegie-Weill, Carnegie-Zankel, Wigmore, Alice Tully, Avery Fisher, Victoria, and Esplanade Concert Halls, as well as in Merkin Hall and in Peter Jay Sharp Theater. She has claimed top prizes in the 2011 Sion-Valais Competition, 2011 Kronberg Violin Masterclasses, 2010 and 2012 Menuhin Competition (Junior and Senior Divisions, respectively), Aspen Music Festival (AACA) Competition, Long Island Competition and Blount-Slawson Young Artist Competition. Anna Lee has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Bernhard and Mania Hahnloser Violin Prize at the Verbier Festival Academy and the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist, Young Scholar and College Scholar Awards. She has also been featured in music festivals around the world such as the Gstaad Menuhin Festival and the Marlboro Music Festival, and on radio shows such as “From the Top” with host Christopher O’Riley and NPR Performance Today with host Fred Child. She has been on the cover page feature of the Wall Street Journal Magazine. Anna Lee made her conducting debut with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra in November 2010, and in April 2011 made her New York Philharmonic debut. In the summer of 2012 she participated in the Kronberg Academy's "Chamber Music Connects the World" festival in Germany with Gidon Kremer, Andras Schiff, Yuri Bashmet, Christian Tetzlaffand Steven Isserlis.
As a soloist, Anna Lee has appeared with the Singapore, Little, Prime Philharmonic, Peoria Symphony, and Park Avenue Chamber Orchestras, and the Massapequa, Long Island, and New York Philharmonics. She finished her studies with Masao Kawasaki and Cho-Liang Lin and graduated from the Juilliard School Pre-College Division and the Dalton School in June 2013. In the fall of 2013, Anna matriculated at Harvard College, aiming to graduate with a degree in Comparative French and Russian Literature. She is currently on leave from Harvard and since 2014 is studying with Ana Chumachenco as a student at the Kronberg Academy.
Anna Lee plays on the ex-Tadolini/ex-Liszt Antonio Stradivarius violin (Cremona, 1706) on a generous loan from The Rin Collection.