Name: Michelle Lee
Michelle is a Canadian native, raised in Hong Kong. She achieved her Master’s degree in Advanced Performance at the Royal College of Music, under the tutelage of Madeleine Mitchell. Her mentors on the violin also include Annalee Patipatankoon and Scott St. John.
Michelle plays regularly at St Mary Abbot’s Church Kensington, St John’s Notting Hill and most recently in Fundacion Eutherpe of Leon in Spain, to perform at the World's Musicians Series. She now performs as a member of Commonwealth Orchestra, Orion Orchestra and London Chamber Players. As an orchestral player, she trained in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme under the guidance of Antonio Manacorda and Vassily Petrenko. She remains in close collaboration with the New London Opera Group, promoting Gilbert & Sullivan’s music and with CLIC Sargent Symphony Orchestra, helping children with cancer.
Recently, Michelle played at the Varna Summer Festival in Bulgaria and also led the European Vacation Chamber Orchestra as the leader on their tour in Alsace, France. As an advocate of contemporary music, she performed Steve Reich’s Violin Phase for 4 Violins at Café Oto in Dalston and showcased music of Iran at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
In Canada, Michelle gave performances with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall, as well as Toronto Centre for the Arts. She was invited to tour with L’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne under the baton of Jean-Philippe Tremblay. In the course of her Bachelor’s degree, she led the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Concert Master. During the summers, she enjoyed attending festivals such as the Orfeo International Music Festival, Orford Academy, Toronto Summer Music Festival and Domaine Forget.