Clara J. Lee

Clara J. Lee received her bachelor's degree from the Juilliard School as a full-scholarship student, and studied under the tutelage of Joel Smirnoff, Donald Weilerstein and Kyung-Wha Chung.

Clara was a soloist with the New World Symphony in Miami on winning the Concerto Competition—for which she was given a 1734 Antonio Stradivarius violin. She had performed recitals in a number of venues across North America, including the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Suntory Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, the New World Center, and the Glenn Gould Studio. She has also performed with Anne-Marie McDermott, Pamela Frank, Hilary Hahn, Jerome Lowenthal, Fred Sherry, members of the Takács Quartet, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Vienna Philharmonic—among others.

Clara has regular orchestral engagements with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, and the New Jersey Symphony. She also serves as the assistant principal violinist at Britt Summer Festival.

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