Hailed for her “marvelous” and “scintillating” performance, Isabelle Seula Lee is a celebrated violinist and a passionate historical performer. She is a founding member of New Amsterdam Consort and frequently performs with the New York Baroque Inc, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium Japan, Bach Collegium at Saint Peter’s, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Teatro Nuevo throughout United States and internationally.
Lee made her debut as a concerto soloist at the age of 11 with the Tele-Radio Symphony Orchestra in St. Petersburg, Russia, and appeared soloist with the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra; St. Petersburg Conservatory Symphony; Lynn Philharmonia; and the Chamber Orchestra of Estonia.
As a baroque violin soloist, Lee toured throughout New Zealand with Masaaki Suzuki and Juilliard415. As a leading member of Juilliard415, Isabelle toured throughout the United States, and to France, England, Holland, India, Canada, Bolivia, Germany and New Zealand.
Isabelle Seula Lee started studying violin at the age of four in her home country of South Korea but soon moved with her family to Russia, beginning her life in music with ten years of study at the Special Music School of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Upon moving to the States, Lee was awarded full scholarships to study at Lynn University (BA); The Juilliard School (MM); and Yale School of Music (Artist Diploma). A specialist in baroque violin performance, she served as a Visiting Fellow with Yale University’s Yale Baroque Ensemble and completed her second master’s in Historical Performance at The Juilliard School.
She received top prizes from the International Competition of Young Musicians in Tallinn, Estonia (First Prize); Schloss Well an der Pram International Violin Competition in Austria (Second Prize); the Donald Portnoy International Violin Competition (Second Prize); and Artist Series - Sarasota String Competition (Second Prize).
Her appearances as a soloist and chamber musician include Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Maly Hall and Grand Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Glazunov Hall and Belosselsky Belozersky Palace in Russia, St. Petersburg State Capella Concert Hall, and New Zealand’s Fowler Center. Lee’s performances have also been broadcasted on live radio and television by WQXR in NYC, MediciTV, Estonian Cultural TV, WPBI, and Radio New Zealand.
Lee has participated at the Banff Chamber Music Residency in Canada, Aspen Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Berwick Academy at Oregon Bach Festival and Chamber Music at the Valley of the Moon in Sonoma, California. She also performed with the Orchestral Academy of the Shleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, and subsequently completed a tour under Christoph Eschenbach to China.
Her principal teachers include Elena Zaitseva, Elmar Oliveira, Hyo Kang, Naoko Tanaka, Robert Mealy, Monica Huggett, Cynthia Roberts, and Elizabeth Blumenstock. She has also completed significant study in historical performance practice with Rachel Podger, Richard Egarr, Robert Levin, and Beatrice Martin. Lee has performed in master classes with Ruggiero Ricci, Ida Handel, Sylvia Rosenberg, Christian Altenburger, Charles Castleman, Yuval Yaron, Jan Repko, Maksim Fedotov, Andre Cardenes, Jacques Israelievitch, and chamber music coachings and master-classes with members of Tokyo, Brentano, Emerson and Miro String Quartets.
Lee is now primarily based in New York City and enjoys an active musical life as a violinist and baroque violinist across many musical styles and periods.