Christel Lee

2012 - 2014 Kronberg Academy Professional Studies
Studies with Ana Chumachenco
funded by the Blessing / Linsenhoff scholarship


2011 Violin Masterclasses, Participant

2013 Violin Masterclasses, concert

2013 Kronberg Academy Festival, concert

2018 Chamber Music Connects the World

2019 Mit Musik – Miteinander, Tutor

2019 Kronberg Academy Festival, concert

Christel Lee


Of South Korean parentage, the American violinist Christel Lee was born in Indiana, USA, in 1990 and grew up in Canada. She was a junior student of Naoko Tanaka at the Juilliard School of Music. At Juilliard she later studied with Kyung Wha Chung and graduated in 2011.

Christel Lee participated in her first competition as long ago as in 1999 and has been performing as a soloist since 2002. She has won first prizes in international competitions such as the Canadian Music Competition (1999, 2000), the violin competition of the Aspen Music Festival (2003) and the Eastern Connecticut Young Artists Competition (2005). She was also a prizewinner at the Stulberg International Competition (2007) and the Premio Vittorio Gui Competition. In September 2013 she achieved a major success by winning second prize (no first prize was awarded) and the audience prize at the ARD International Music Competition. In 2015 Christel Lee won the 11th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition.

She has participated in numerous festivals - not only in the USA but also in Europe. She has taken part, for example, in the Aspen Music Festival, the Gdansk Music Festival, the Verbier Festival Academy, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (masterclass) and the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea. As a soloist she has played with various North American orchestras such as the Bangor and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She also has a particular interest in chamber music and has given ensemble performances throughout the United States and Canada.

Christel Lee participated in the Violin Masterclasses in 2011. In 2013 and 2019 she performed at the Kronberg Academy Festival. From 2012 to 2014 she studied at Kronberg Academy with Ana Chumachenco. These studies were funded by the Blessing/Linsenhoff-Stipendium.

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Last updated: October 2019