Catherina Lee / Photo: Sofija Palurović
Catherina Lee was recently described as one of the most gifted and promising violinists to have emerged from Queensland, Australia in recent decades. She possesses a special and unique musicianship that has a poignancy and sensitivity that place her in a league of her own. Marin Alsop recently said:
“I am hugely impressed, Catherina is a beautiful violinist and musician.”
Catherina looks forward to performances with collaborative pianist Hyungki Joo, appearances at Sektlang Festival, Styraburg Festival Steyr, and her German debut with the Göttinger Symphony Orchestra.
Catherina gave her first public recital at the age of 9 subsequently making her debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13, performing Tchaikovsky's violin concerto. At the age of 15, she was accepted into the class of renowned violinist and teacher, Gerhard Shulz, a former member of the famed Alban Berg Quartet at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Catherina was the first candidate to have passed the gruelling requirements of the ‘Solo Profile’ for her master's degree graduating with distinction. Since this time she was selected to be mentored by Internationally renowned soloist Janine Jansen.
Catherina has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras throughout Europe and Australia including Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Queensland Symphony, Queensland Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Ensemble, Wiener Akademische Philharmoniker, Junge Philharmonie Wien, and Camerata Orphica Festival Orchestra.
She has collaborated with composer Thomas Larcher on his piece 'Madhares' which she performed at the Ernen Festival. She recently made her debut at the Konzerthaus in Vienna.
A number of leading musicians have given valuable input including Steven Isserlis, Serguei Azizian, Ivry Gitlis, Boris Brovtsyn, Ivan Straus, Johannes Meissl, Nikolaj Szeps- Znaider, Michael Frischenschlager, Jean Jacques Kantorow, Ilya Gringolts, Johannes Meissl, Pavel Vernikov, Jennifer Stumm, and Erich Gruenberg.
Catherina plays on a GB Guadagnini, Turin 1771, on loan by a private sponsor.