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Youngeun Lee — Middle East Classical Music Academy

Youngeun Lee is a passionate cellist who successfully made her debut by winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition. She has an intensive interest in chamber music, performing frequently in both standard chamber groups and unique ensembles, collaborating with not only piano, strings, and winds but also voice and traditional Korean instruments. She received a merit scholarship for her performance and academic effort throughout her high school, college, and graduate school years.

Ms. Lee also has many interests in studies other than music, such as law, aesthetics, physics, and languages. During her undergraduate studies, she performed multiple times as the principal cellist of the Seoul National University Symphony Orchestra, and graduated as a cello valedictorian. Since college, Ms. Lee has performed with numerous ensembles and toured at venues throughout Korea. As a champion of contemporary music, she has also participated in many modern music ensembles. 

Ms. Lee then graduated from the Tianjin Juilliard School. At TJS, she participated in the Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble faculty-student side-by-side concert, performing music from baroque to contemporary. Focusing on performing in China, she is a member and the co-founder of Trio con Fuoco, and has toured in various venues throughout China, such as Qingdao, Wuhan, Beijing, and Tianjin. She is a current D.M.A. student at the University of Michigan, where she was awarded a full scholarship and teaching assistantship. Since this year, she has been touring the world as a soloist, with locations including but not limited to China, Korea, and the United States.

She has performed in international master classes with cellists Richard Aaron, Miklos Peréni, Qin LiWei, Richard Narroway, Jensen Horn-Sin Lam (Chamber), Mario Carneiro, Marcel Bardon, Edward Arron, and Philippe Tribot. Her principal teachers include Sungzhin Peter Lee, Jisuk Shin, Nick Tzavaras, Yeonjin Kim, and Richard Aaron.

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