Violinist Rachel Lee is one of today’s most captivating artists, and “already commands an impressive musical profile,” according to the Chicago Tribune. She has made several important debuts in recent seasons, including a successful debut in February 2007 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Other recent debuts have included performances with the Saint Louis, Houston, and Seattle Symphonies.

Rachel’s previous engagements have also included the National Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Aspen Sinfonia at the Aspen Music Festival. She has performed in Korea several times, including appearances with the Seoul Philharmonic in 2001 and 2006, with the KBS Symphony under Dmitri Kitaenko in 1999, and with the State Symphony Cappella of Russia on a four-city tour of the country.

Rachel’s European concerto debut was made in October 2006, performing the Sibelius Concerto with the Berlin Staatskapelle and Maestro Mikko Franck to an overwhelming response. Since then, European engagements have included the opening concert of the Graz Philharmonic’s 2007/2008 season, as well as debut recitals at the Verbier Festival and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in summer of 2008. Her European recital debut was made at the age of 15 on the Louvre recital series in Paris.

In the United States, Rachel’s numerous recital appearances have included performances on Ravinia’s “Rising Stars” series in Chicago and the Matinee Musicale series in Cincinnati. Next season she makes her debut on the Kansas City Harriman Jewell Discovery Series. As a chamber musician, Rachel has performed at the Moritzburg Festival in Germany, and took part in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Chamber Music Marathon” in June 2006.

Born in Chicago in 1988, Rachel began her violin studies at the age of four, and in 1996 moved to New York to study with the late Dorothy DeLay. At just nine years of age, she performed at the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the United Nations, and was the youngest musician selected to give a recital as part of the 1998 La Jolla Chamber Music Society’s Prodigy Series, on which occasion she was described as “a violinist of utmost stature, a performer with maturity beyond her years.”

Rachel has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Family Circle Magazine, The Strad Magazine, and on radio and television, including a broadcast on PBS with Itzhak Perlman and an “American Masters” documentary about the Juilliard School. She has also appeared on the Disney Channel, performing in Avery Fisher Hall with Disney’s Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, and performed at the 2000 Grammy Awards.

Rachel received her B.A. in English from Harvard University in May 2010, and will continue her music studies with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory in Boston through its joint masters degree program with Harvard in 2010-2011. Rachel first played for Itzhak Perlman at the age of 10, and has been his student since that time. Her teachers have also included Dorothy DeLay and Robert Mann, with whom she studied at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School.
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