First concertmaster of Staatskapelle Berlin, Jiyoon Lee is rapidly building an international reputation as an emerging young artist, winning praise for her brilliant virtuosity and passionate performances which the BBC Music Magazine called “full-toned, consistent and energetic playing”.
Jiyoon is a first prize winner of Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition(2016) and David Oistrakh International Violin Competition(2013). Recent highlights have included concerto performances with Staatskapelle Berlin, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orquesta de Valencia, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, South Denmark Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic, Brandenburg State Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic, and Seoul Philharmonic; collaborating with Daniel Barenboim, Marin Alsop, Osmo Vänskä, Nikolaj Szeps-Znajder among others.
In 2018, her debut recording of Korngold & Nielsen Concertos has met much critical acclaim, earning 5 star review and simultaneously named ‘Editor’s Choice’ on BBC Music Magazine as well as on Gramophone Magazine. Her following album titled “Mythes” featuring duo works by Szymanowski, Bartok, Stravinsky and Ravel was described on Gramophone Magazine as “another fine disc from Lee that consolidates her growing reputation and marks her out as an artist to watch in future.”
Also a devoted chamber musician, Jiyoon regularly participates in music festivals across the world including Verbier Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Kronberg Festival, Hamburg chamber music Festival and Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. Furthermore, she appears in numerous concerts as a guest leader of the Boulez Ensemble in Berlin with artists such as Zubin Mehta, Sir Antonio Pappano, Francois-Xavier Roth, Jörg Widmann and Daniel Barenboim.
Born in 1992 in Seoul, her career as a violinist commenced at the age of four. She studied at the Korean National University of Arts and with violinist Kolja Blacher at Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin.
Jiyoon plays the 1701 „Circle“ Stradivarius on generous loan by a European benefactor.