Violinist Byungchan (Chan) Lee was born in Seoul, where he started studying violin at age 6. He continued his studies with Taras Gabora in Vancouver, and won second prize in the Junior Division at the Yuri Yankelevitch International Violin Competition. He has performed as soloist with the McGill Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
He has attended the Toronto Summer Music Festival and MISQA-studying with members of the Alban Berg, Guarneri and Cleveland quartets. His work has been presented by the Arte Musica Foundation, Lake Shore Chamber Society, Orford Arts Centre, Place des Arts Foundation, ProMusica Society, and the West Brome Series.
In February 2015, Chan appeared in concert at Redpath Hall as part of the CBC/McGill Next! Recital Series. Currently based in Montréal, he is a recipient of the 2014 Golden Violin Award and the Lloyd Carr-Harris Scholarship from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree under the guidance of Denise Lupien and Andre Roy. He is now pursuing an Artist Diploma, studying with Felicia Moye, André Roy, and Axel Strauss.
1768 Miller Januarius Gagliano violin
This violin bears the original label by its maker, Januarius Gagliano. Gagliano came from a family of luthiers based in Naples, Italy, and the patriarch Alessandro Gagliano having worked in Cremona with his contemporary Antonio Stradivari. The violin is characteristic of Gagliano’s work and is in an excellent state of preservation.
- Loaned by Mrs. Miller (Toronto)
- Acquired: 2012
- Value: $375,000.