B i o g r a p h y
Jinny Lee, born in Seoul, South Korea, started studying the piano at the age of three and the violin at four years old. In her teenage years, she participated in various national music competitions, winning many of them, most notably the Music Education Competition and the Korean Herald News Competition.
During her time at Chung-Ang University (CAU), while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in violin performance, Lee won the CAU concerto competition, earning the opportunity to play as a soloist with the CAU orchestra. In 2013, she moved to the United States to study with the 1st violinist of the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Alla Aranovskaya. She participated in the St. Petersburg International Music Academy in Kansas, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Lee performed as a member of the Suprima Chamber Orchestra, which was established by the St. Petersburg Quartet.
Lee was accepted with a full scholarship into the studio of Ben Sayevich at Park University’s International School of Music in 2015, where she experienced the competitive environment of studying with young professional musicians. In the meantime, she was a section violinist in the Topeka Symphony Orchestra and served as an assistant concertmaster in Wichita Grand Opera.
After completing her master's degree in 2017, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she earned her Orchestra Artist Diploma at the San Francisco Symphony Academy. When she moved to California, Lee founded Jinny’s Violin Studio where she actively teaches the violin to students of all ages, skill levels, and cultural backgrounds. She also plays in Berkeley Symphony, California Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, and Modesto Symphony.
Jinny Lee plays on a Joseph Guarnerius facsimile.