YOONHEE LEE is a Korean-American violinist. She is based in Boston and performs around the world.
Lee’s early career is marked by its variety. She has worked extensively in soloist ensembles, held principal positions in symphony orchestras, led string quartets, premiered compositions, and collaborated in numerous multidisciplinary projects. In all her endeavors, she is interested in human interaction – the nonverbal, abstract communication that gives life to many art forms that would otherwise remain dormant.
Born in 1988 in Seoul, Lee began the piano at the age of three and violin at five. She and her family immigrated to Boston just before her tenth birthday. She did not speak a word of English; for years music became her means of communication as well as refuge. Her formative years were spent in youth orchestras and chamber groups, in company of kids from a wide variety of background but with a common passion for music. Early experiences of leading orchestras and working with great conductors provided important foundation for her growth as musician.
Lee received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with the late Masuko Ushioda. She holds an additional Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where she attended as the recipient of Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Study Abroad under the tutelage of Vera Beths and Anner Bylsma.
Lee plays on a 2015 Andrew Ryan violin and a Joseph Henry bow dating back to around 1860, previously owned by the late Masuko Ushioda.