E.J. Lee began playing the violin in Seoul, Korea at the age of four and made her solo debut three years later on the Vivaldi Violin Concerto with full orchestra. As a teenager she won a national violin competition in Korea, which lead her to perform Bruch Violin Concerto with the Seoul Symphony. In 2004, E.J. earned her master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music.
Throughout the years, E.J. has performed in various prestigious concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The depth of her practice has lead to intersections with conductors, such as Charles Dutoit and Kurt Masur, and composers including Pierre Boulez under whose baton she performed Notation III.
E.J. maintains connections to the fashion and media industries. She has toured with Clay Aiken, performed at the Kenzo x H&M fashion show, and is regularly featured in “Mozart in the Jungle,” an Amazon Original Series.
For over twenty years she has taught both privately and in schools. Currently, she teaches at Hunter College Elementary School, New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math (NEST+m), and Convent of the Sacred Heart.
E.J. is committed to service, which she demonstrates through her role as a board member at The Chelsea Symphony, and as an advocate for musical outreach. As an advocate, she actively seeks to address a larger philanthropic goal of bringing music to audiences for whom access to music and concerts is often challenging.