Violinist Joo-Mee Lee has performed extensively as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. Her recent concert engagements included a solo appearance with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and a solo recital at the Ewon Cultural Center in Seoul. She has given solo and chamber recitals at various music festivals including Aspen, Banff, Sarasota, and Hampden-Sydney. As an avid new music advocate, she has given world premieres of chamber music and solo works by many contemporary composers. Among the composers with whom she has closely collaborated are Bernard Rands, Augusta Read Thomas, Samuel Adler, and Jennifer Higdon.
In 2000, Lee joined the Da Vinci Quartet, which toured throughout the United States, giving concerts and masterclasses. She served as an artist-in-residence and violin faculty at the University of Denver and at Colorado College. She also has taught at the University of Massachusetts Boston and at Brandeis University.
As a young musician, Lee was chosen to represent South Korea for the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, which performed in the Berlin Philharmonie, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and Amsterdam Concertgebouw. She won the Honors Ensemble Competition at New England Conservatory as a founding member of the Tonos String Quartet. The quartet took part in the Celebrity Series with Rob Kapilow's "What Makes It Great," and gave concerts throughout New England. They also performed live on Boston's WGBH radio and gave a recital at Hoam Art Hall, one of the most prestigious concert halls in Korea.
Lee received her bachelor’s degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a master’s degree from New England Conservatory, where she studied with James Buswell. She was a recipient of the Roman Totenberg scholarship at Boston University, where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts. Her dissertation is entitled An Analytical Study of Three String Quartets of Bernard Rands.
BMus. Royal Academy of Music, London, England, M.M. New England Conservatory, D.M.A. Boston University.