Jiyoon Lee, first concertmaster of Staatskapelle Berlin, is rapidly building an global reputation as a young violinist.
Story with the Yu Art Foundation
From Nov. 18th to 20th in 2018, the Staatskapella Berlin under the baton of Daniel Barenboim presented three concerts at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing, which was also the first presentation of Barenboim, the conductor of international stature, at China NCPA. Jiyoon Lee, who became the first concertmaster of the Staatskapella Berlin since May 2018, tried the Stradivari violin ‘General Dupont’ and the top Tourte bow from the Yu Art Foundation on Nov. 19th and soon fell in love with them, and she asked Mr. Yu if she could borrow them to perform at the NCPA concert that night. On the evening of Nov. 19th, Jiyoon Lee played on ‘General Dupont’ and with a Tourte bow during the concert of Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 and No. 4 together with the Staatskapella Berlin.
This is not the first time that a world-renowned musician, after trying out the foundation’s violin, decided to change the instrument right before the performance. The first time happened in Oct. 2015, when the maestro Frank Peter Zimmermann held concerts at the Shanghai Grand Theatre in China. Before going onto the stage, he met ‘General Dupont’ at the backstage and was greatly touched by its brilliant tone, he determined instantly to use ‘General Dupont’ in his performance instead. As the first collector in mainland China to have a Stradivari violin, Mr. Yu with his foundation is dedicated to the sponsorship of the top-level violins for the eminent musicians from China and worldwide, propelling the development of music career in China and the cross-cultural exchanges.
Mr. Yu Heng (left) and Jiyoon Lee (right)
Born in 1992 in Seoul, Jiyoon Lee’s career as a violinist commenced at age four. She studied at the Korean National University of Arts and with violinist Kolja Blacher at Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. She is the first prize winner of Carl Nielsen international violin competition in 2016, David Oistrakh competition in 2013 and Windsor string competition in 2015.
Jiyoon Lee is an aspiring soloist, performing with renowned orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orquesta de Valencia, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Odense, Indianapolis, KBS and Korean Symphony Orchestra, and the philharmonic orchestras of Poznan, Seoul and Gyeonggi. Also a devoted chamber musician, Jiyoon regularly participates in music festivals across the world including Verbier Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Kronberg Festival, Hamburg chamber music Festival. Her 2018 debut recording of Korngold & Nielsen Concertos and the following album titled “Mythes” have both met much critical acclaim, praised by BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone Magazine.