Originally hailing from New York, cellist Elizabeth Sook-Hee Lee has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Lee recently graduated with her DMA in Cello Performance at the University of Texas -Butler School of Music studying with the Miró Quartet cellist Joshua Gindele.
She began cello studies at the age of 9 and continued her studies at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division with Andre Emelianoff. Lee continued her studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music (BM) studying with Norman Fischer and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM Chamber Music) studying with Jean-Michel Fonteneau. Her principal teachers have also included Timothy Eddy, Hyung-Won Chang, and Michael Kannen.
Lee was a prize-winner in the Yonkers Enrico Fermi Concerto Competition resulting in a performance with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra. She was also a winner of the University of Texas- Butler School of Music String Concerto Competition. Her performance was nominated by the Austin Critics Table Awards for Best Instrumentalist. Lee was a featured soloist with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, and the Texas Chamber Players. She has also performed as a chamber musician and recitalist in esteemed halls including the Overture Center, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall.
As a chamber musician, she has performed with such artists as Ian Swensen, Jorja Fleezanis, Bonnie Hampton, Joel Krosnick, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, eighth blackbird, Bang On A Can All-Stars, and the Colorfield Ensemble. Lee is a founding member of the Sonorous Ensemble premiering many newly composed works. In addition, Lee has performed in masterclasses for Mstislav Rostropovich, Paul Katz, Desmond Hoebig, and Colin Carr. As an orchestral musician, Lee has performed with the Austin Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and the San Francisco Lyric Opera. Lee has also ventured beyond classical music and has recorded and performed with the Christian rock band Future of Forestry and toured with Fernando Ortega.
In addition to performing, Lee is a dedicated teacher and has served on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin String Project and the Austin Chamber Music Center as well as maintaining her own independent teaching studio. She is currently faculty at Texas Lutheran University.