Korean cellist Jiyoung Lee is known for her passionate interpretations, musical depth and sensitive performances. As a soloist, her performance credits include such orchestras as Korea’s Seoul Symphony Orchestra, New York’s Hudson Valley Philharmonic and New Jersey’s Bergen Philharmonic. An avid chamber musician, she has played at numerous festivals, including Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Music at Menlo, La Jolla Summer Fest, Music From Angel Fire, Lake Champlain Champlain  Chamber Music Festival,  Perlman Music Program, Sarasota Music Festival, Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, Seiji Ozawa Academy in Switzerland, and the Great Mountain International Festival, Korea.

Highlights of her last season include chamber performances at Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont, solo recitals at New England Conservatory in Boston and Walnut Hill High School. 

Jiyoung Lee's 2015-2016 season included chamber performances at Caramoor’s Evning Rising Star Series where she collaborated with Pamela Frank, and Peter Wiley. Other highlights include a premiere of Yoomi Pack’s double concerto for viola and cello with string orchestra with New York Classical Players, and a solo recital in Williams Hall at New England Conservatory in Boston.

Her previous season (2014-2015) include a debut with Bergen Philharmonic playing Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor in November, two recitals in Wilson Theater and Paul Hall at the Juilliard School, and a performance at Weill Recital Hall as the 1 st Prize winner of the 2014 New York International Artist Association Cello Competition. An active season for chamber collaborations Jiyoung performed at New York City’s Fall for Dance with the Orion String Quartet, violinist Cathy Cho and violist Matthew Lipman, and at Caramoor Evning Rising Star Series with Shmuel Askenazi. Moving into dance and theater realms, Lee worked with choreographer, Nathan Madden at the Brooklyn Dumbo Dance Festival, and participated in theatrical productions with the Ensemble for the Romantic Century at BAM Fisher and at the American Institute for Economic Research.

In addition to the New York International Artist Association Cello Competition, Ms. Lee’s honors and awards include: winner, the Bergen Philharmonic Young Artist Competition; 2nd Prize, the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Competition, Harbin, China; winner, The 2012 Juilliard Schumann Concerto Competition; winner, the 2012 Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition, and 2nd Prize, the 2012 Hellam Young Artist Competition, Springfield, MO. Additional awards include First Prize at the prestigious 2004 Korea Times Cello Competition, and first prize at Korea’s 2004 Ehwa Press Competition.

Her recent solo performances include Lincoln Center’s Wednesday at One series in Alice Tully, two solo recitals at New York City’s Harvard Club, Korea Society, and as a soloist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Chamber music performances include appearances at Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Lincoln Center’s Wednesday at One series in New York, Ravinia’s Steans Institute of Music, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, the Perlman Music Program, The Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, and Music from Angel Fire.  

Born in Seoul, Korea, Jiyoung Lee studied piano before turning to the cello. At 16 she made her professional debut as soloist with one of Korea’s major orchestras, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra. Following studies at the Seoul National University, Ms. Lee moved to the United States in 2007 to study at The Curtis Institute of Music with Peter Wiley, then cellist of the world renowned Guarneri String Quartet. While at Curtis, Ms. Lee held the Joseph Druian Fellowship, and was principal cellist of Curtis Symphony Orchestra in her final year. She also attended The London Master Classes in Great Britain, where she studied with Ralph Kirshbaum at Royal Academy of Music in 2010, and 2013. In March 2013, she worked with David Geringas in Interlaken, Switzerland. While earning her Master’s Degree at The Juilliard School as a student of Timothy Eddy, she served as principal cellist of the Juilliard Orchestra. She also received the prestigious Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School studying with Joel Krosnick. Currently, Jiyoung is pursuing her doctoral degree in Musical Arts at the New England Conservatory with Laurence Lesser.


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