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Daniel S. Lee

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Daniel S. Lee
Part-Time Acting Instructor in Early Music, Violin Yale School of Music
Graduating Class: ’06MM ’08AD
At YSM Since: 2017
Award(s): Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition Audience Prize with the Sebastians (2012), York Early Music International Competition Finalist with the Sebastians (2011)
Through diversity in social encounters and musical styles, each student can find one's own inner artist.

Daniel S. Lee

Through diversity in social encounters and musical styles, each student can find one's own inner artist.

Award-winning violinist Daniel S. Lee enjoys a varied career as a soloist, leader, collaborator, and educator. Praised by The New York Times for his “ravishing vehemence” and “soulful performance,” he has appeared as a soloist and leader with early music ensembles in the United States and Europe. Lee is a core violinist and the founding director of the Sebastians, a critically acclaimed period ensemble. A piccolo violin specialist, he has performed as a soloist in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and Cantata 140 (Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme) and given the modern-day premiere of his own transcription of Johann Pfeiffer’s concerto. 

At the Yale School of Music, Lee teaches baroque violin lessons, coaches chamber ensembles, and co-teaches the class “Rhetoric and Early Instrumental Performance” with faculty harpsichordist Arthur Haas. He has been featured as a soloist on Yale’s Faculty Artist Series, and the Sebastians have served as the ensemble-in-residence at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments. Lee has also given lectures and master classes at Connecticut College, Purchase College (SUNY), the University of Kansas, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Lee received his bachelor of music degree from the Juilliard School, his master of music degree and artist diploma from the Yale School of Music, and his doctorate from the University of Connecticut.

Performances
Early Music New York, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Gold and Glitter, Yale Schola Cantorum