Artist Bio

Sang-Eun Lee, cello

Twenty-one-year-old cellist Sang-Eun Lee won the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and First Prize at the 2014 YCA Auditions in Seoul, Korea. At age fifteen, she won First Prize at the 2009 Johansen International Competition in Washington, D.C., Second Prize at the 2009 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, and the Young Musicians Prize of the Emanuel Feuermann Competition in Berlin. She has been invited to perform as a soloist with Korea’s leading orchestras including the Seoul Philharmonic, Suwon Philharmonic, Prime Philharmonic, Korea National University of Arts Orchestra, Gangnam Symphony, and GMMFS orchestras. She made her Seoul recital debut at the age of thirteen on the Kumho Prodigy Concert Series and has given recitals at the Blue House in Seoul and the Musée du Louvre in Paris. At the YCA Auditions, she was awarded YCA’s Korean Concert Society Prize, which provides support for her Kennedy Center debut, and two performance prizes: the Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize and the Washington Performing Arts Prize. Born in Seoul, Korea, Sang-Eun Lee has attended the Korea National University’s Institute for the Gifted since the age of nine, where she works with Myung-Wha Chung and Sang Min Park. She plays a Giovanni Paolo Maggini Brescia cello (ca. 1600) on loan from the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation.

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