(Los Angeles, CA, May 20, 2022)

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, has appointed Yura Lee Principal Viola, announced Music Director Jaime Martín and Executive Director Ben Cadwallader. Lee, who divides her time between Los Angeles and Portland, begins her new post in the 2022-23 season, which launches on October 15, 2022 with Martín conducting the world premiere of Shelley Washington’s Both, a LACO Sound Investment-commission, and concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, “Choral.”

“With the appointment of Yura Lee, Jaime Martín continues to build upon LACO’s reputation for attracting to its ranks preeminent world-class musicians who collaboratively shape its power, precision and charisma,” adds Cadwallader.

Lee is a sought-after soloist and chamber artist on both violin and viola. At age 12, she was the youngest artist ever to receive the Debut Artist of the Year prize at NPR’s “Performance Today” awards. She has since won top prizes at competitions on three continents and received one of Lincoln Center’s prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grants. Today, she frequently appears as a soloist and chamber musician with major organizations across the USA and beyond, and is currently a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Boston Chamber Music Society. A renowned pedagogue as well, she teaches at USC’s Thornton School of Music.

As a soloist, Yura Lee has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Tokyo Philharmonic, to name a few. She has performed with conductors Christophe Eschenbach, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, Myung-Whun Chung, and Mikhail Pletnev, among many others.

As a chamber musician, Lee regularly takes part in the Marlboro Festival, Salzburg Festival, Verbier Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, Caramoor Festival, Kronberg Festival, and Aspen Music Festival, among others. She has collaborated with such artists as Gidon Kremer, Andras Schiff, Leonidas Kavakos, Mitsuko Uchida, Miklós Perényi, Yuri Bashmet, Menahem Pressler, and Frans Helmerson.

Lee studied at the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Salzburg Mozarteum, and Germany’s Kronberg Academy. Her primary teachers were Namyun Kim, Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, Miriam Fried, Paul Biss, Thomas Riebl, Ana Chumachenko, and Nobuko Imai.

Lee plays a viola made in 2002 by Douglas Cox, who resides in Vermont.


Yura Lee Principal Viola