Assistant Principal Second Violin
Luri Lee has been deemed “the perfect chamber music partner” (Bachtrack) whose playing is “spotlessly clean and with never a routine phrase” (The Calgary Herald). Appearing as soloist with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Lee has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician.
As a founding member of the Rolston String Quartet, she received Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, First Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition, and Grand Prize at the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and the Astral Artists National Auditions.
The quartet are associated artists at the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel, and completed a two-year term as the Yale School of Music’s fellowship quartet-in-residence in spring 2019. Previously, they were the graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Keeping in the teaching tradition, they have taught at the Yale School of Music, the University of Toronto, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival among others. Their début album, Souvenirs, an all-Tchaikovsky recording released in 2020, was named Recording of the Year by BBC Music Magazine. The quartet has performed at some of the most prestigious concert venues on the globe, including Carnegie Hall, the Louvre, the Kennedy Center, Koerner Hall, and Wigmore Hall.
Her diverse chamber music career has led to collaborations with many world-renowned artists such as Paul Neubauer, Yura Lee, Gary Hoffman, Cho-Liang Lin, Miguel da Silva, and Jon Kimura Parker. Lee holds degrees from the University of Toronto, Glenn Gould School, Peabody Conservatory, and Rice University.
She plays on a Carlo Tononi violin, generously on loan from Shauna Rolston Shaw.
During her spare time, Lee loves to travel with her husband, violist Hezekiah Leung, exploring and finding hidden food gems.