Korean-American cellist Kenny Lee has been praised for his “lyricism, drive, tenderness and passion” by The Times Argus. He has concertized throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as a recitalist and a chamber musician. He has won top prizes at the Hudson Valley String Competition, New York International Artists Association Competition, Borromeo Guest Artist Award Competition, Eastman School of Music Concerto Competition, and New England Conservatory Honors Chamber Music Competition. He has given solo and chamber recitals in venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Eastman’s Kodak Hall, Rockport Music Hall, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Kenny has performed concerti with several conductors, including with Neil Varon, William Drury, and Giancarlo Guerrero.
Festival appearances include Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Taos School of Music, Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Orford Academy, and Holland International Music Sessions. Kenny is also a Co-Founder and Artistic director of the Flatirons Chamber Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado.
A native of Eugene, Oregon, Kenny’s former mentors have included Paul Katz, Lluis Claret, Steven Doane, Hans Jensen, and Steven Pologe. He earned is Bachelors degree from the Eastman School of Music with the John Celentano Award in Excellence in Chamber Music and his Master degree from New England Conservatory with honors. He is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the New England Conservatory, studying with Laurence Lesser.
Kenny is currently on faculty at the Phillips Exeter Academy, serving both as cello teacher and music director of Exeter Symphonia.