First concertmaster of Staatskapelle Berlin, Jiyoon Lee is rapidly building an international reputation as an emerging young artist, winning praise for her brilliant virtuosity and passionate performances which the BBC Music Magazine called “full-toned, consistent and energetic playing” and the New York Times described as “deeply personal solo with juicy tone.”
She is the recent first prize winner of Carl Nielsen international violin competition. Her success has been preceded by numerous awards, including the first prize in David Oistrakh competition in 2013 and Windsor string competition in 2015.
Jiyoon Lee is an aspiring soloist, performing with renowned orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orquesta de Valencia, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Odense, Indianapolis, KBS and Korean Symphony Orchestra, and the philharmonic orchestras of Poznan, Seoul and Gyeonggi.
Highlights of the 2018-19 season include concerto debut with Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim and solo recital in Pierre Boulez hall in Berlin, followed by engagements with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Incheon and Gyeonggi philharmonic orchestra.
In 2018, her debut recording of Korngold & Nielsen Concertos has met much critical acclaim, earning 5 star review and simultaneously named ‘Editor’s Choice’ on BBC Music Magazine as well as on Gramophone Magazine. Her following album titled “Mythes” featuring duo works by Szymanowski, Bartok, Stravinsky and Ravel was described on Gramophone Magazine as “another fine disc from Lee that consolidates her growing reputation and marks her out as an artist to watch in future.”
Also a devoted chamber musician, Jiyoon regularly participates in music festivals across the world including Verbier Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Kronberg Festival, Hamburg chamber music Festival. Furthermore, she appears in numerous concerts as part of the Boulez Ensemble with artists such as Sir Antonio Pappano, Francois-Xavier Roth, Jörg Widmann and Daniel Barenboim.
Born in 1992 in Seoul, her career as a violinist commenced at the age of four. She studied at the Korean National University of Arts and with violinist Kolja Blacher at Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin.
Jiyoon Lee plays on a beautiful C. F. Landolfi, kindly on a loan from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben in Hamburg.