Yena Lee (Violine)
Notably known for her diverse musical style, Yena received numerous prizes universally in competitions ranging from classical to modern competitions. 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 recipient of the prestigious JGU-Preis from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.
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 frequently features as a soloist with orchestras such as Adrian Ensemble Italy, Casalmaggiore International Music Festival Orchestra, Mainzer Virtuosi Kammerorchester, Neumeyer Consort Frankfurt, Vancouver 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 and has been invited as guest artist for several international music festivals.
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.
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.
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 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.