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 Competition, Borromeo Guest Artist Competition, Eastman Concerto Competition, and New England Conservatory Honors Chamber Music Competition as a founding member of the Gioviale Quartet. He has given solo and chamber recitals in venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Eastman Kodak Hall, Rockport Music Hall, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Kenny has appeared as a concerto soloist with several conductors, including with Giancarlo Guerrero, Neil Varon, and William Drury, and Giancarlo Guerrero.
Festival appearances have included Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Taos Chamber Music Festival, and Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Kenny has performed with the members of the Juilliard, Ying, and Borromeo Quartets and also with the principal players of the Berlin Philharmonic. Kenny is also a Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Flatirons Chamber Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado.
Kenny’s mentors have included Laurence Lesser, Paul Katz, Lluis Claret, Steven Doane, Hans Jensen, and Steven Pologe. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music with the Celentano Award in Excellence in Chamber Music and his Master degree from New England Conservatory with honors. Kenny is soon expecting a doctorate degree from the New England Conservatory.
As an educator Kenny teaches cello and conducts the Exeter Symphonia at the Phillips Exeter Academy.