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Yesong Sophie Lee

Sophie Lee Feature

Since winning the First Prize at the 2016 Menuhin International Junior Violin Competition in London at the age of 12, violinist Yesong Sophie Lee has been “quickly building an international following as an emerging young virtuoso of outstanding potential” (The Violin Channel). Lee has been described as “…ooz[ing] confidence and ability, both musical and technical” (Early Music Reviews, London) whose “playing was silk-toned, notable especially for the intensity it maintained (The Guardian, London)  “… and a real homage to Menuhin in the way her vibrato extended seamlessly from note to note…”(The Telegraph, London), “Her seriousness and density of expression is amazing… In any case, a huge talent” (Kultur Radio, Berlin).

She has gone on to perform with numerous orchestras, including the London Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlin’s Konzerthaus Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Milan’s Orchestre des Cameristi della Scala, the Seattle Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony, to name a few. She performed Bach’s Double Concerto with Joshua Bell and the Richmond Symphony, and also performed Duo Gemini with Henning Kraggereud at Victoria Hall. She has performed in festivals in Gstaad, Geneva, Kronberg, Warsaw, Cheltenham, Gower, Oundle, Harrogate, and in major cities from Honolulu to New York City, in the USA. She also gave a concert tour of the UK, where she played for Prince Charles. 

In the 2019-2020 season, some of Ms. Lee’s concerts include the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Orchestre des Cameristi della Scala de Milan, Beethoven Concerto with the Bremerton Symphony, the two Beethoven Romances with the Calgary Philharmonic, and recitals at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor, Michigan, and the Resonance Masters’ Series in Seattle, and at the Paganini Conservatory in Genoa. Recently, she received Salon de Virtuosi’s ‘Charlotte White’ Career Grant, and performed at the Salon’s Gala Awards Concert at The Kosciuszko Foundation. She will also be an Artist-in-Residence at the Atlanta Festival. Her early achievements include receiving the Composer’s Award at the Menuhin Competition for her performance of the newly commissioned work, Shpigl, by Oscar Colomina i Bosch, winning First Prize in MTNA’s 2015 National Junior Strings Competition at age 11, and making her solo debut with the Seattle Symphony at age 8. She has been featured on NPR’s From the Top, and also played at their fundraiser concert in Boston.

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