Ruda Lee


Ruda Lee was born in South Korea and holds two Master of Music degrees from Yale University in the USA. She gave her concerto debut at the age of six when she became the youngest winner of the World Symphony Orchestra Competition in South Korea. She has won numerous prizes at major violin competitions in South Korea and the USA, leading to solo appearances with renowned orchestras at prestigious venues. These include First Prize at the American Protégé International Competition in 2014 which led to her concert debut at Carnegie Hall in New York and a televised gala performance in 2015 with Yo-Yo Ma and Pamela Frank at The Kennedy Centre in Washington DC in the presence of President Obama. Ruda Lee has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and has served as co-concertmaster of the Yale Philharmonia and concertmaster for the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra. She has worked with many world-renowned conductors and artists including Joseph Silverstein, Valery Gergiev, Andris Nelsons, Peter Frankl, John Adams, Krzysztof Penderecki, the Emerson String Quartet and the Tokyo String Quartets. Recently she won the Seoul President’s Award with a presentation of one of her compositions with her new music ensemble in South Korea. Ruda Lee has performed at many international music festivals as a chamber musician including the Tanglewood Festival, Kronberg Academy Festival and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She became a member of City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong in 2018.


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