About the Artist
Sang-Eun Lee, was born in 1993 in South Korea and is a student of Myung-Wha Chung and Hae-Eun Kim at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul. The winner of the Ewha-Kyunghyang Competition has already gained concert experience as a soloist with orchestral accompaniment. In May 2010 she performed the cello concerto by Robert Schumann with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. She gave her first solo recital when she was 11 years old, after winning the Seoul Cello Competition in 2005. In 2007 she won the Great Mountains International Music Festival & School (GMMFS) competition, which gave her the opportunity of performing Boccherini’s Cello Concerto with the Festival Orchestra conducted by Shinik Hahm.
Sang-Eun Lee was chosen as the “Best of the Best” musician on the tenth anniversary of the Khumo Prodigy Concert Series. At Kronberg Academy’s Cello Masterclasses in 2008, when she was taught by Ralph Kirshbaum, the fifteen-year-old’s skill made such an impression that she was awarded the Ingrid zu Solms Culture Prize in support of her further development. The following year, she won first prize at the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players in Washington DC and second prize at the Tchaikovsky Youth Competition.