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 played extensively in soloist ensembles, collaborated in numerous interdisciplinary projects, recorded and premiered compositions, toured with string quartet, and held principal positions in symphony orchestras. She is the dedicatee of a new solo violin piece by Italian composer Simone Cardini, titled Ramificazioni d'indistinto (2018), and a collaboration in progress is another solo violin piece by Irish composer Seán Ó Dálaigh.
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, and for years music became her means of communication as well as refuge. Early experiences of navigating between languages and culture remain a strong part of her identity; as artist she is interested in fluidity and fragility of genres and boundaries, and she seeks innovation and experimentation in all her endeavors.
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.