Violinist/violist Yura Lee is one of the most versatile and compelling artists of today. She is one of the very few in the world that has mastery of both violin and viola, and she actively performs both instruments equally. Her career spans through various musical mediums: both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, captivating audiences with music from Baroque to modern, and enjoying a career that spans more than two decades that takes her all over the world.
Yura Lee was the only first prize winner awarded across four categories at the 2013 ARD Competition in Germany. She has won top prizes for both violin and viola in numerous other competitions, including first prize and audience prize at the 2006 Leopold Mozart Competition, first prize at the 2010 UNISA International Competition, first prize at the 2013 Yuri Bashmet International Competition, and top prizes in Indianapolis, Hannover, Kreisler, and Paganini Competitions.
Yura Lee was nominated and represented by Carnegie Hall for its ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) series. For this series, she gave recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and at nine celebrated concert halls in Europe: Wigmore Hall in London, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Stockholm Konserthus, Athens Concert Hall and Cologne Philharmonie.
As a soloist, Yura Lee has appeared with many major orchestras, including New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic.
Yura Lee plays a fine Giovanni Grancino violin kindly loaned to her through the Beares International Violin Society. She plays a viola made in 2002 by Douglas Cox, who resides in Vermont. She holds the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Endowed Chair as a professor at the USC Thornton School of Music.