About Me

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Violinist Wayne Lee's performance career reflects the full breadth and diversity of his musical interests. Foremost an active chamber musician, Mr. Lee has been since 2008 a member of the Manhattan Piano Trio, with whom he has performed prolifically throughout the United States and Europe. The Trio has been acclaimed as "outstanding" by the Washington Post and lauded as "a grand departure from the usual" by the News Herald. They recently added to their discography with the release of their third album, a disc of Schumann and Chopin trios, for the Marquis Classics label.

Mr. Lee has also since 2012 been a member of the Formosa Quartet, a Taiwanese-American ensemble that has garnered acclaim worldwide since winning the London International String Quartet Competition. Formosa performs extensively in North America, Europe and Asia, in addition to serving as ensemble-in-residence for The Art of Élan and as faculty string quartet-in-residence for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. The quartet members are also founders and teaching artists at the annual Formosa Chamber Music Festival in Hualien, Taiwan.

In addition to performances with his two chamber groups, Mr. Lee also regularly appears before audiences as a soloist and recitalist. Mr. Lee’s recent commitments include concerts and recordings with the chamber ensemble The Knights, festival performances including at Musique de Chambre à Giverny in France and the Olympic Music Festival in Washington State, and concerto performances with the Minnesota Sinfonia. As a recitalist, he has given performances of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas and of a cycle of commissioned works inspired by Bach’s B minor Partita. Most recently, Mr. Lee presented the entire cycle of Bach Sonatas and Partitas for unaccompanied violin in a series of recitals in New York City. As part of his interest in historical performance practice, he has explored the sonatas of Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, and Bach on early instruments with fortepianist Mike Lee, a collaboration that has brought the duo as performance and teaching artists to institutions such as Cornell University and Indiana University.

A dedicated teacher and arts advocate, Mr. Lee maintains a large private teaching studio in the greater New York City area, has given master classes throughout the United States, and served as teaching assistant at the Juilliard School. Mr. Lee is also co-founder and co-artistic director of the Piedmont Chamber Music Festival, an annual week of chamber music that brings an internationally-acclaimed roster of musicians to the Bay Area every August.

Mr. Lee holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Ronald Copes and Glenn Dicterow. Originally from San Francisco, Mr. Lee now makes his home in New York City. He plays on a 2001 Joseph Curtin violin.

(September 2017)