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Scott Lee, viola


Scott LeeScott Lee has established himself as one of the most exciting and unique violists. His exceptional musicality and virtuosic playing distinguish him as one of this generation’s quintessential artists. The New York Times described his “flawless technical resources and combines them with an assured sense of musicianship, a remarkable and auspicious talent.” He was also hailed as “the superstar of his generation” by Strings magazine.

Winner of the 1996 Concert Artists Guild Competition, he became the youngest winner in the Competition’s 50-year history. Mr. Lee has been a top prize winner in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, William Primrose Viola Competition, and the Corpus Christi Young Artists Competition. Scott Lee has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Kansas City Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Other orchestral performances include the Longmont Philharmonic and the International Sejong Soloists. In recital, he has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Scott has been a featured soloist at the International Hindemith Viola Festival and the 22nd and 24th International Viola Congresses.

Scott Lee is also an extremely active chamber musician. Recent highlights of his chamber music concert schedule include performances at the El Paso Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, Ravinia Festival, Savannah Music Festival, New York’s Bargemusic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Musicians from Marlboro, Merkin Concert Hall, Taiwan’s National Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Gardner Museum in Boston, Metropolitan Museum, Marlboro Festival, and numerous chamber music venues across the U.S. He has also collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Orion, and Miami string quartets and performed with members of the Beaux Arts and Mannes trios. His chamber music partners have included such renowned artists as Cho-Liang Lin, Nai-Yuan Hu, Gil Shaham, Hilary Hahn, Ralph Kirshbaum, David Soyer, Peter Wiley, and Gary Hoffman.

Born in Taipei, Mr. Lee began his music studies on the violin at age eight with Chia-Rong Lin. He took up the viola at age 13 and came to the United States the next year to study at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California where his viola teacher was Donald McInnes and his violin teacher was Alice Schoenfield. He has studied with Michael Tree at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Juilliard School where he studied with Paul Neubauer.

He is now professor of viola at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and a faculty member at the Idyllwild Chamber Music Festival and Workshop in California.


Be sure to hear Scott’s 2017 Festival performances listed below

Sunday, August 6, 6pm
Mozart & Brahms

Monday, August 7, 6pm
Mozart & Brahms

Wednesday, August 9, 6pm
Bach & Mendelssohn

Thursday, August 10, 7:30pm
Bach & Mendelssohn