Kristin Lee


Kristin Lee Photo credit: Sophie Zhai

A recipient of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a top prizewinner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition and the Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions, Kristin Lee is a violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique who enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Emerald City Music in Seattle and was recently appointed to the University of Cincinnati violin faculty. She has appeared as soloist with leading orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Ural Philharmonic of Russia, Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Guiyang Symphony Orchestra of China, and Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of the Dominican Republic. She has performed on the world’s finest concert stages, including Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, the Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Ravinia Festival, the Louvre Museum, the Phillips Collection, and Korea’s Kumho Art Gallery. An accomplished chamber musician, Lee is a season artist of the Chamber Music Society and a member of Camerata Pacifica in Santa Barbara, sitting as the Bernard Gondos Chair. Born in Seoul, Lee won First Prize at the Korea Times Violin Competition at age six. In 1995, she moved to the US to continue her studies under Sonja Foster and in 1997 entered the Juilliard School’s Pre-College. In 2000, Lee was chosen to study with Itzhak Perlman. She holds a master’s degree from the Juilliard School.