Chi Lee, violin and viola

Chi Lee has enjoyed performing as an orchestral and chamber musician throughout the world. Chi holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and a master’s degree from Rice University. Her mentors include members of the Chicago Symphony, the Houston Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, American String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Chi joined the Richmond Symphony Orchestra as associate principal viola in 2018. She has performed in leading concert halls throughout the world such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Musik- und Kongresshalle Lübeck, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Admiralspalast Berlin, and Snapes Proms. Her performances in international festivals include the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Rendsburg, Germany, the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme in Aldeburgh, United Kingdom, Bard Music Festival, and Asian Youth Orchestra, where she toured to Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, and Shanghai. Chi was a fellow of The Orchestra Now from 2016 to 2018 where she regularly performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.

As a chamber musician, Chi is a founding member of the Florestan String Quartet, based in New York. The Florestan String Quartet has toured Taiwan, performing throughout the country in concerts and educational workshops for students. She has been teaching faculty at the Bard College Conservatory Preparatory Division and the Amadeus Music School in New York City. She was awarded the Best Teacher Award from the KRB NY International Competition in 2012 and was winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition in 2013.