Jung-min Amy Lee
Gretchen D. and Ward Smith Chair
Amy Lee joined The Cleveland Orchestra as associate concertmaster in March 2008. She enjoys a varied performing and teaching career, equally at home in both orchestral and chamber music settings. She also serves as 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 Marlboro Music in Vermont.
An active chamber musician, Amy Lee is a member of several ensembles, including the Omni Quartet (omniquartet.com), Ensemble HD (ensemblehd.net), 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. Ensemble HD is an innovative and forward-thinking group seeking to connect with a broad audience by performing at bars around the region and in concert halls. Their recently released album is titled Live at the Happy Dog. Members include Cleveland Orchestra members 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 engagement programs.
As a soloist, Ms. Lee has appeared with orchestras world-wide, making her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 15. During her tenure with The Cleveland Orchestra, she has performed as soloist in Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, Luigi Dallapiccola’s Tartiniana No. 1, Franz Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy, and Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto. She has also performed with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, National Gallery Orchestra, and Germany’s Baden-Baden Philharmonic, among other ensembles.
Amy Lee holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a master’s degree from the Juilliard School. She 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.