Violinist Amy Lee enjoys a varied performing and teaching career, equally at home in both orchestral and chamber music settings. Currently, Ms. Lee is the associate concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra, a post she has held since 2008. She is also an Artist-in-Residence at Kent State University in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music. Ms. Lee spends her summers as a faculty member at the Kent Blossom Music Festival in Kent, Ohio and performs at various festivals, including the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont.
An active chamber musician, Amy Lee is a member of several ensembles including the Omni Quartet (omniquartet.com), Ensemble HD, and Kent State’s Verve Chamber Players. Founded with fellow members of The Cleveland Orchestra, Alicia Koelz, Joanna Patterson Zakany, and Tanya Ell, the Omni Quartet performs regularly throughout Northeast Ohio. The quartet made their Philadelphia Chamber Music Society debut during the 2018-19 season. Innovative and forward-thinking, Ensemble HD seeks to connect with a broad audience by performing at bars around the region and in concert halls. Their recently released album is entitled “Live at the Happy Dog.” Members include Ms. Lee, Joshua Smith, Frank Rosenwein, Tina Dahl, Joanna Patterson Zakany, and Charles Bernard. Ms. Lee was formerly a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two program, participating in tours, a digital concert series and recordings, and educational outreach.
As a soloist, Ms. Lee has appeared with orchestras world-wide, making her debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra at 15. During her tenure with The Cleveland Orchestra, she has performed as soloist multiple times including Barber Violin Concerto, Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, Luigi Dallapiccola’s “Tartiniana” and Franz Waxman’s “Carmen Fantasy.” She is scheduled to appear as a soloist again during the orchestra’s 20-21 season at Severance Hall. She has also performed with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the National Gallery Orchestra, and Germany’s Baden-Baden Philharmonic, among others.
Amy Lee holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a master’s degree from the Juilliard School. Ms. Lee is a former first prize winner of San Francisco’s Irving M. Klein International String Competition and the Corpus Christi International Competition for piano and strings.