Eugene Lee

1st Violin

Assistant Leader

Eugene Lee started playing the violin at the age of four. He initially preferred the piano but gradually gravitated towards the violin as he grew older.

Portrait of Eugene Lee

Eugene eventually studied at the University of Auckland in New Zealand to major in Music, before completing his Master’s Degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Eugene says, “it was during my time at university that I felt like I could do this for the rest of my life. I really enjoyed making music and it’s all I wanted to do.”

Eugene joined the Philharmonia in February 2015. His first concert was with Andris Nelsons performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. He says, “it was an incredible way to start my journey with the Philharmonia. I just clicked with the Orchestra’s musical identity and was obsessed with how we played, understood and expressed music. The Philharmonia’s way of adapting yet still preserving its heritage was truly stunning.”

Beyond the Philharmonia, Eugene plays the piano at church and guitar (but not very well!). “To be honest, I don’t listen to a lot of music outside of rehearsals and concerts. I feel like they distract me more than giving me relief.”

Outside of music, Eugene enjoys spending time with family, eating and having a laugh.

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