About the Artist
Praised as “spectacular” (American Record Guide) and a “virtuosic tour-de-force” (New York Concert Review) cellist Patrick Jee has earned international acclaim for his bold musicality, rich sound, and passionate performances.
Mr. Jee has made appearances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, and Wigmore Hall as well as special performances at the United Nations and on CNN, American Morning. He has performed at major music festivals including Aspen, Banff, Caramoor, Casals, and La Jolla. Mr. Jee has given extensive tours of the United States, Europe, and Asia and as a member of Ensemble Ditto he helped introduce over 15,000 people to chamber music as Korea’s most popular classical musical presentation of 2008.
In 2006, Mr. Jee was the Grand Prize winner of the 5th Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition. Other prizes include the Andre Navarra Cello Competion, the Holland-America Music Society Competition, and the Irving Klein International String Competition. His CD featuring 20th and 21st century works released by Urtext Records received accolades from the American Record Guide “Patrick Jee and (pianist) Hyeyeon Park play with polish and urgency. This is an ambitious, unusual, and rewarding recital.” His recording of the Fantasy for Solo Cello by Ezra Laderman (Albany Records) prompted the composer remarks, “Patrick Jee is a consummate soloist, charismatic, involved, and technically brilliant. He knows the cello totally.” Solo engagements with orchestras include Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, National Orchestra of Toulouse, Edmonton Symphony, and the Chambre Orchestra Ile’de France.
Mr. Jee is also a member of the New Piano Trio (www.NewTrio.com) whose prizes include the 2008 Fischoff, 2007 Coleman and the 2007 Plowman Chamber Music Competitions. Most recently, the Trio was named the winner of the Harvard Musical Association’s 2010 Arthur W. Foote Prize for promising young musicians and chamber ensembles.
In 2006 Mr. Jee was appointed by Sir Andrew Davis as the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago (Acting Principal during the 2010-11 season) and has also been Principal of the Grant Park Orchestra. His transcription of the Glazunov Meditation, published by International Music Company, recently won the Music Publisher’s Association’s Paul Revere Award, 1st Prize. He is also on faculty at Roosevelt University/Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Mr. Jee holds a B.M. from the Juillard School and a M.M. from Yale University-School of Music where he studied with Aldo Parisot. He can be heard on the Albany, Urtext, and HM record labels, as well as www.webconcerthall.com. He currently resides in New York City and Chicago. (February 2011).