Festival Artist


Nam-Sook Choei Lee, violinist, won a number of competitions in her native Korea early in her career, including the Grand Prize in the Dong-A National Competition. Her distinction garnered her appearances as a soloist, with both the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Korean Symphony Orchestra. Following her graduation from Seoul National University, she enrolled at the Mannes College of Music with a full scholarship, under her mentor Young-Uk Kim. While studying at Mannes, her passion for chamber music lead her to become the first violinist of the Mannes Scholarship Quartet and receive guidance from Felix Galimiar. She also studied at the Meadowmount School of Music with Ivan Galamian. and Joseph Gingold. She participated in many festivals such as the Tanglewood Festival, the Round Top Festival, and the Garett Lake Festival, all with a fellowship. Ms. Lee appeared as a concertmistress for several orchestras, such as the AMS Orchestra in Graz, Austria, Bach Festival Orchestra in Marlboro, Vermont, and the New York Sinfonia. She also performed as a leader of the Piri Chamber Ensemble and was a member of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, Greenwich Philharmonia, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Seoul Sinfonietta and continues her musical endeavors in the New York community with the New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony. She also taught at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and at the Queensborough Community College, as well as in her own private studio. She is currently a faculty member at the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival. She has been performing extensively in recitals and chamber concerts in both New York and in her native Korea.