Photo: Donna Santos

Photo: Donna Santos

A native of Vancouver, violinist Byungchan Lee made his concerto debut at age 12. Since then he was a prizewinner at the Yuri Yankelevitch International Violin Competition, and appeared as concerto soloist with the McGill and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras. As two-time winner of the Vancouver Youth Symphony’s concerto competition he was re-invited as guest soloist for the VYSO’s eighty-fifth anniversary gala. He has recorded twice for CBC/Radio-Canada, and performed a solo recital at the Canadian Opera Company. He regularly appears as guest artist at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival each summer, and has also performed for the Arte Musica Foundation (Montreal), the Orford Arts Centre, and the Place des Arts Foundation.

Lee served as concertmaster of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games closing ceremony, and has also served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, McGill Symphony, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He has performed with Stevie Wonder at the Bell Centre in Montreal, as well as in Helsinki, Stockholm and New York as part of the Juilliard/Sibelius Academy tour orchestra led by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

He is a founding member of the Ansonia Quartet, and raised $10,000 in nine days through a successful crowd-sourced fundraising campaign to carry out an international tour to Japan in summer 2017. The quartet has held residencies at Summer in JAPAN performing in Oita and Tokyo, as well as at the Lunenberg Academy of Music Performance working with the Dover Quartet. The quartet appeared at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, and premiered works at New York City Ballet, Juilliard’s 2018 Focus! Festival, and Summergarden at the Museum of Modern Art.

Previously he has attended the McGill International String Quartet Academy during which he worked with some of the legendary string quartet musicians of our time, including members of the Alban Berg, Cleveland, and Guarneri Quartets. He was also a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival, Music Masters Course Japan, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, and participated in the 2018 New York String Orchestra Seminar.

Lee received his B.M. and A.D. from McGill University in 2015 and 2016 respectively, where he was recipient of the Golden Violin Award and the Lloyd Carr-Harris Scholarship. He earned a M.M. from The Juilliard School in 2018, graduating with a Norman Benzaquen Career Advancement Grant.

He acknowledges the support of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the Vancouver Korean-Canadian Scholarship Foundation. He plays on a ca. 1869 J.B. Vuillaume violin and Vuillaume model bow on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.