SooBeen Lee, violin
15-year-old Korean violinist SooBeen Lee has been called “Korea’s hottest violin prodigy” (Hancinema). She has already appeared as soloist with every major Korean orchestra, including the Seoul Philharmonic, the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, Gangneung Philharmonic Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Gangnam Symphony Orchestra, and the KBS (Korean Broadcasting System). She also performed with the Wuhan Philharmonic in China, at the Seoul Arts Center, in the Prime Minister’s office for Ki-moon Ban, Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the Blue House for the King and Queen of Malaysia, and for many state guests in Korea.
This season marks her first U.S. tour, which includes her Washington, DC debut and her New York recital debut on the Young Concert Artists Series, and performances at University of Florida Performing Arts, the Sunday Musicale Series, and Rockefeller University.
Ms. Lee has performed at Festivals including the Chopin Music Festival in Poland, the City of London Festival, the Busan International Music Festival, the Great Mountains International Music Festival, the Seoul Spring Festival, and in Japan at the Ishikawa Summer Music Academy, where she worked with Koichiro Harada.
She won First Prize at the 2013 Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition and First Prize at the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, where she was also honored with YCA’s Slomovic Prize, which provides support for her Washington, DC debut, the Michaels Award, which provides support for her New York debut, and three performance prizes.
Ms. Lee began studying the violin at the age of four. At eight years old, she won the National Competition of the Korean Chamber Orchestra and the next year, she won First Prize at the Russia International Youth Violin Competition. She made her Seoul recital debut at the age of nine on the Kumho Prodigy Concert Series. Ms. Lee studies with Nam Yun Kim at the Korea National University of Arts.
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