Kyung Sun Lee



Korean Classical musician (Violonist)


Born in Korea

Kyung Sun Lee is a Korean classical Violonist.

Violinist Kyung Sun Lee is seen frequently on concert stages around the world. In former seasons she performed the concerti of Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, and Bartók (No. 2), the double concerti of both Bach and Mendelssohn and the Four Seasons of Vivaldi. Lee also champions the rarely-performed concertos of French Romantic Composers such as Theodore Dubois and Benjamin Godard, whose works she performed with the critically-acclaimed Jupiter Symphony under the direction of the late Jens Nygaard. In October 2004 she performed a violin concerto of Jean-Marie LeClair in France with the Orchestre de Chambre Français, with whom she toured the United States in March 2005.

A laureate in numerous international competitions, Lee captured first prizes in the Washington and D'Angelo International Competitions; bronze medals in the Tchaikovsky Competition and the Queen Elisabeth Competition and third prize in the Montreal International Competition, where she also won the Audience Favorite and the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work prizes.




Her career has taken her to many of the fifty states, as well as to Europe and the Far East. In North America, her concerto performances include those with the Montreal Symphony and the Jupiter Symphony; the Erie Philharmonic; the Missouri, Tuscaloosa, and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestras; and the Baltimore and Gainesville Chamber Orchestras. Overseas she has performed with the Munich Radio Orchestra under the baton of Yehudi Menuhin, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Moscow National Orchestra, and the New Zealand Symphony.

In Asia, Lee has been guest artist with the Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Orchestra, Pu-Chun Philharmonic and the Taipei City Symphony. In April 2000, she traveled to North Korea to perform the Sibelius Concerto with the Pyong Yang National Orchestra and returned for an encore engagement in 2005. Her appearances in the United States include performances in such significant venues as Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Bargemusic in New York City; and in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center and Phillips Collection.

As a chamber musician she has participated in the Marlboro, Ravinia, and Cape & Islands Festivals in the United States, and the Prussia Cove Festival in England. In the fall of 2001, Lee joined the distinguished string faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She will continue at Oberlin while also serving as an Associate Professor at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. She also teaches at both the Aspen Music Festival and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival.


Lee received her Bachelor's Degree from Seoul National University, and her Master's Degree and Artist's Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory. She also attended the Juilliard School in the professional studies program. Her teachers have included Nam Yun Kim, Sylvia Rosenberg, Robert Mann, Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang.


Her discography includes a CD recorded with pianist/husband Brian Suits of sonatas by Prokofiev, Debussy and Bartók released on the Sung-Eum label, which received outstanding reviews from Fanfare and Strad magazines. Their second CD includes works of Saint-Saëns, Godard, Chausson, Gershwin, Achron, and Suits himself. Lee has also recorded with pianist HaeSun Paik on EMI, with German pianist Peter Schindler and guitarist Sung-Ho Chang on Good International, and with German cellist Tillman Wick on the Audite label.


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