Korean-American violinist Euna Lhee began her musical training for the violin at the age of five. As a premier soloist for The Magical Strings of Youth, a performing group dedicated to promoting young talent, she has performed in concert halls throughout the world since 1990 in Russia, Kazakhstan, Taiwan, China, Singapore and the United States. She also has played for the 1994 White House Christmas celebration and for the inauguration of Jim Edgar, then governor of Illinois.
Ms. Lhee was a laureate of the FLAME International Music Competition in Paris and has been a prizewinner of multiple competitions, such as the Society of American Musicians, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Midwest Young Artists Walgreens Concerto Competition, Chinese Confucius Competition and the Harper Symphony Concerto Competition. She made her orchestra solo debut by playing Wieniawski’s Concerto No. 2 in d minor with the Harper Symphony in 1997.
Ms Lhee has appeared in the Steinway and Lincolnwood Recital Series in Chicago and has also played in international masterclasses for renowned musicians, such as Gil Shaham, Misha Keylin, Eduard Wulfson, Henryk Kowalski, Atis Bankas, Kristof Barati, Henry Gilles, and Sergei Kravchenko.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, she has played in numerous ensembles – most notably as a violinist of the Biskra Quartet, with whom she received second prize at the Rembrandt Chamber Competition. In addition, she performed a series of concerts with the Homewood Quartet on the East Coast – a tour that was made possible by the Peabody Career Development Grant.
Experienced in orchestral music, Ms. Lhee was the concertmaster of the Choeur et Orchestre de Sciences Po, Orchestre du Festival FLAME, Peabody Concert Orchestra and Midwest Young Artists Orchestra. She was the principal second violin of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Peabody Concert Orchestra. In 2004, she was the youngest member in the violin section of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra.
During her two years abroad in France, she was a member of PONT (Portes Ouvertes aux Nouveaux Talents) at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, where she coordinated and contributed to the Fondation’s cultural activities as a violinist. While living at Cité Universitaire, she was also a member of the first violin section in the semi-professional Orchestre de la Cité Internationale under Adrian MacDonnell.
Ms. Lhee holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Peabody Conservatory. Her principal former teachers include Betty Haag, Cyrus Forough, Keng-Yuen Tseng and Svetlin Roussev. She is a recipient of many musical honors, including the J.C. van Hulsteyn Violin Award and Jennie K. Elle and Kurt D. Elle Scholarship.
Outside of the newsroom and hospital, Ms. Lhee enjoys freelancing for weddings, graduation ceremonies and other special events. In addition, she often volunteers her time and musical abilities to the community, whether it is performing recitals in schools, churches and hospitals, or teaching violin to pre-college children.
In 2012, she performed with the World Doctors Orchestra as a section first violinist at the Berliner Philharmonie, home to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Now based in Germany's capital, Ms. Lhee is a section first violinist in the Berlin Doctors Orchestra and plays in amateur chamber ensembles with other medical professionals.
Above : Peabody's Homewood Quartet plays Dvorak on its East Coast tour.
Left : The semi-professional Orchestre de la Cité Internationale is based in Paris, France.