Eugene Lee

1st Violin

Assistant Leader

Born in South Korea, Eugene began studying the violin at age four. Moving to New Zealand in 1995, Eugene made his debut with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra at age 14 and subsequently performed with the New Plymouth Symphony, Auckland Youth Orchestra, St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra and the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.

Portrait of Eugene Lee

Eugene was invited to relocate to the UK in 2009 to join Southbank Sinfonia, Britain’s premier orchestral academy. He now continues to work with them throughout the year as Associate Leader, coaching and mentoring his younger counterparts.

Before joining the Philharmonia he performed extensively with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House as well as the Royal Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras.

As a chamber musician, he was member of the award-winning Idomeneo Quartet. He was a Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music, and has made solo and chamber appearances at prestigious London venues such as the Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall and Wigmore Hall.

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