Moonkyung Lee & Martha Locker

Biography Moonkyung Lee & Martha Locker

Moonkyung Lee
Acclaimed violinist Moonkyung Lee performs extensively in Europe, the United States, and Korea and has collaborated with many eminent ensembles, conductors, and performers. Some highlights include: the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Maxim Shostakovich; the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Mischa Maisky, cello, with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra; and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of the Austrian composer Ignaz Pleyel. Ms. Lee has also appeared as a soloist with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, French Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Europaea, Zabrze Philharmonic Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Hradec Kralove Philharmonic Orchestra, Eurorchestra da Camera di Bari, Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra, Russia Ulan-Ude Opera and Ballet Theater Symphony Orchestra, New York University Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Gyeongsangbuk-do Provincial Symphony Orchestra, Yongin Philharmonic Orchestra, Euro-Asian Philharmonic Orchestra, Korea Symphony Orchestra, the Mostly Philharmonic Orchestra, and Seoul Pops Orchestra. The venues in which Ms. Lee has performed include: the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Großer Musikvereinssaal in Vienna, Dvorak and Smetana Halls in Prague, and the Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall.

Ms. Lee is the recipient of many awards and scholarships including the Luigi Zanuccoli International Competition, the Padova International Competition, the New York University Concerto Competition, the Yale Chamber Music Celebration, and an NYU/Steinhardt Doctoral Fellowship for Ph.D. Studies (of which, she was the first ever classical string performer recipient). Ms. Lee frequently gives recitals in New York, Boston, and Seoul, making her New York debut at the Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center. Her two recitals in Seoul in 2015 were sponsored by the Arts Council Korea. She has been often featured as a solo performer on Korea's national television, KBS in its Classic Odyssey solely devoted to classical music. She has also participated in many music festivals such as the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and the Banff Center for the Arts in Banff, Canada.

Her debut recording of Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto released on Navona Records with the London Symphony Orchestra and double-Grammy winning engineer Steve Price received enthusiastic praise from audiences and critics. According to the Whole Note, "Certainly the performances seem to get closer to the heart of the music," and Gramophone applauded for her "satisfying mahogany tone" and the finale of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto which "really dances."

Her album 'Tchaikovsky Works for Violin and Orchestra' won the silver medal from the 2017 Global Music awards, and Canada's CFBX FM selected it as their Top 5 Classical Albums. Also, chosen by Spotify for their Classical New Releases playlist, “Sérénade mélancolique, Op. 26” has gained over 50,000 streams.

Also an active scholar and pedagogue, Ms. Lee wrote an article 'The power of legato practice for string players' for the Strad magazine, and she has been on the faculty of the New York University and is currently adjunct professor of violin at the University of Seoul.

Ms. Lee, who received her Bachelor's of Music degree from Boston's New England Conservatory where she graduated on scholarship with honors and Master's of Music degree from Yale University also on scholarship earned her Ph.D. from New York University. She plays an 1845 Vuillaume violin previously owned by Jack Benny.

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