University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Jennifer Lee, 19, began her studies on violin when she was five with Borislava Iltcheva and Aaron Farrell, the concertmaster and principal second of the Baton Rouge Symphony, respectively. Once she moved to Minnesota, she studied with many teachers such as Natalia Moiseeva, Dragan Stojkovic, and Professor Sally O’Reilly. She is currently at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she is pursuing degrees in Political Science and Music Performance, the latter under the tutelage of Professor Sally O’Reilly. She is a recipient of the Mathias & Ronnaug Dahl Scholarship, awarded by the University of Minnesota’s School of Music.
Jennifer is an alum from both Minnesota Youth Symphonies and Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, and she is currently in the University of Minnesota’s University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mark Russell Smith. During her time in high school, she was the student-led chamber orchestra’s director for three years. She continued her love for chamber msuic as an active participant in the chamber program, receiving coaching from Professor Sally O’Reilly, Professor Stephanie Arado, and Professor Ellen Smith. Her string quartet, coached by Professor Sally O’Reilly, has performed in galas and masterclasses. So far in her time at the University of Minnesota, she has held four full-length recitals at the Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall.
In the summers of 2018, 2021, and 2022, she has had the privilege of attending Pienza Music Festival, where she studied with Dr. John Gilbert, Eriko Tsuchihashi, and Daniele Pascoletti. She has been awarded performance awards and honorable mentions from competitions such as the Mary West Solo Competition and the Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition. She has had the privilege of participating in masterclasses led by Dr. Stephen Rose, Alexi Kinney, and Benjamin Beilman.
Jennifer Lee’s instrument is a 2011 Douglas Cox violin, provided by a scholarship grant from the Virtu Foundation.