Yena Lee (Violine)
Notably known for her diverse musical style, Yena received numerous prizes universally in competitions ranging from classical to modern competitions: Wolfgang Marschner International Competition, Shean Competition, Canadian Music Competition, Young Texas Artist Competition, Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, Oneppo chamber music competition, Boston University Bach Competition and Young Korean Music Competition of Canada. She made an orchestra debut at the age of 14 and was awarded the “Most Promising Musician Award” from district of British Columbia. She was a youngest recipient of the prestigious JGU-Preis from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.
She frequently features as a soloist with orchestras such as Adrian Ensemble Italy, Casalmaggiore International Music Festival Orchestra, Mainzer Virtuosi Kammerorchester, Mainz Hochschulorchester, Neumeyer Consort Frankfurt, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Vancouver Pilgrim Orchestra, and West Coast Symphony. Her performances were featured on art channels in Germany, Italy, and CBC Radio 2 in Canada. Yena gives regular solo and chamber music concerts throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Cadogan Hall, David Geffen Hall, Museo del violino, Orpheum Theatre, and Symphony Hall. In 2013, Yena recorded Seasons violin concerto by Vivaldi and Piazzolla, and premier of Peter Seabourne’s chamber works with the Sheva labels.
As an active chamber musician, she is a member of Mainzer Virtuosi Kammerorchester in Mainz, Germany where she was assigned as concertmaster for many seasons. By the age of 17, she was concertmaster at the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra for two seasons; highlights included a joint concert with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 and 2011, she gave master classes at the local schools in Norfolk, United Kingdom. Yena assisted her mentors at Hochschule für Musik Mainz, Yale University, Boston University, and Rice University.
At the age of 16 she was assistant coach for junior division at the Quiring Chamber Music Festival in Vancouver. Yena enthusiastically taught musicians from amateur to professionals of all ages. She was a teaching artist in the Music Initiative program and was a violin instructor for music minors and non-major undergraduate and graduate students at Yale University. Her passion in pedagogy led to lecturing the string instrument pedagogy for music education major students at the Boston University and teaching chamber music, music fundamental at the Rice University Shepherd School of Music. Yena recently was appointed as an assistant director at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy; in addition to faculty at the Musiktage am Rhein Festival in Germany.
She participated in master classes of Nai-Yuan Hu, Frank Huang, Ilya Kaler, Ida Kavafian, Elmar Oliveira, Rony Rogoff, and Arnold Steinhardt; chamber music with Artis Quartet, Borealis Quartet, Borromeo Quartet, Brentano Quartet, Danish Quartet, Dover Quartet, Emerson Quartet, Gryphon Trio, Hagen Quartet, Jupiter Quartet, Miami Quartet, Miro Quartet, Muir Quartet, Takacs Quartet, and Tokyo Quartet. Yena also has participated in orchestral projects with John Adams, Juilius Berger, James Conlon, Valery Gergiev, Ken-David Masur, Peter Oundjian, Kryzstof Penderecki, Larry Rachleff, Jose Serebrier, and Bramwell Tovey. She has been invited as guest artist for the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, Eckelhauser Musikfestival, Norfolk Festival in UK, Rheingau Musik Festival, and many others.
Yena’s mentors include Taras Gabora, Lawrie Hill, Hyo Kang, Anne Shih, and Peter Zazofsky. She completed Diplom-Orchestermusik and Konzertexamen as a youngest candidate with highest distinction at the Hochschule für Musik in Mainz, Germany. She achieved Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts at the Yale School of Music with full scholarship supported by Emma Phippa and William White Scholarship fund. She is currently a Doctoral Musical Arts fellow at the Rice Shepherd School of Music under guidance of Prof. Cho-liang Lin. She acknowledges the support of the British Columbia Arts Council and Canada Council for Arts.