Yesong Sophie Lee

All prize winners
First Prize
Nationality: USA
Instrument: Violin
Date of birth 2003/09/25

Seattle violinist Yesong Sophie Lee, aged twelve, has received stellar reviews since winning the Junior 1st Prize in the Menuhin Competition London 2016. Despite her age, Yesong Sophie Lee already has considerable experience, including being the youngest competitor in the Menuhin Competition Austin 2014, and winning First Prize in Music Teachers National Association’s 2015 National Junior Strings Competition in the United States.

She was a soloist with the Seattle Symphony at age eight, having made her orchestral debut at the age of seven, and has gone on to perform with numerous orchestras. Yesong Sophie Lee was one of twelve violinists from around the United States selected to participate in the Brian Lewis Young Artists Program in the summer of 2015. She was a featured soloist in the 40th Anniversary Kaleidoscope Concert of Suzuki Association of the America’s 15th Biennial Conference in Minnesota Orchestra Hall in 2012.

An enthusiastic orchestral and chamber musician, Yesong Sophie Lee has been concertmaster in the Seattle Youth organization. She has played for Augustin Hadelich, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis, Grigory Kalinovsky, Vadim Gluzman, Arabella Steinbacher, Mimi Zwieg, Jan Sloman, Stephen Shipps, Jinjoo Cho, and Keng-Yuen Tseng, among others. Yesong Sophie Lee began studying violin with Jan Coleman at age four. Since the age of eight, she has been studying with Simon James, Assistant Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony; she also works with piano collaborator/coach Hiro David in the Coleman Violin Studio.

Sophie attends Middle School in Mill Creek, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. Her other interests include reading, drawing, riding her bike, and playing with her brother Ben.

If you are interested in working with Yesong, please get in touch with the EMCY Office.



J. S. Bach, Sonata No.2 in A minor andante and allegro B.W.V.1003
J. S. Bach, Partita No.2 in D minor B.W.V.1004
J. S. Bach, Partita No.3 in E Major B.W.V.1006
O. Colomina i Bosch, Shpigl
F. Kriesler, Recitativo and Scherzo (Op.6)
N. Paganini, Caprices (Op.1) No. 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10,13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23 and 24
G. P. Teleman, Fantasaie No.10 in D Major
D. Welcher, The Cowboy and the Rattlesnake
H. Wieniawski, Etudes-Caprises (Op. 18, No.3 and 4)
E. Ysaÿe, Sonata No.1 in G minor, finale con brio

With piano

A. Corelli, La Folia, Variations
B. Bartok, Rumanian Folk Dances
L. Van Beethoven, Sonata No.5 in F Major (Op.24)
L. Van Beethoven, Sonata No.8 in G Major (Op.30)
L. Van Beethoven, Romance in F Major (Op.50)
C. De Bériot, Scène du Ballet (Op.100)
C. Debussy, Sonata in g minor L140
E. Elgar, Salut D’Amour in D Major
G. Enescu, Ballade
G. Faure, Violin Sonata in A Major (Op.13)
E. Grieg, Sonata in F Major (Op.8)
F. Kreisler, Prelude and Allegro
F. Kreisler, Syncopation
F. Kreisler, Liebeslied
J. Massenet –  Meditation from Thais
W. A. Mozart, Sonata in G Major K.301
P. De Sarasate, Carmen Fantasy (Op.25)
P. De Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen (Op.20)
P. De Sarasate, Zapateado (Op.23)
E. Schulhoff, Violin Sonata No.2
R. Strauss, Violin Sonata in E flat Major
F. Poulenc, Violin Sonata FP.119
S. Prokofiev, Sonata No.2 (Op.94a)
T. Vitali -Chaconne in G minor
H. Wieniawski, Polonaise de Concert (Op.4)
H. Wieniawski, Variations on an Original Theme (Op.15)
H. Wieniawski, Fantasia on Themes from Faust (Op.20)
M. Ravel, Tzigane

Chamber Music

L. Van Beethoven, Duo for Violin and Cello in C Major
A. Dvorak, Terzetto (Op.74)
G. F. Händel and J. Halvorsen, Passacaglia
F. J. Haydn, Quartet in G Major No.1 (Op.77)
F. J. Haydn, Quartet in G Major No.3 (Op.74)
W. A. Mozart, Eine kleine Nachtmusik K.525

With orchestra

J. S. Bach, Violin Concerto in A minor B.W.V.1041
J. S. Bach, Violin Concerto in E Major B.W.V.1042
J. S. Bach, Concerto for two Violins in D minor B.W.V.1043
C. De Beriot, Violin Concerto No.9 in A Major (Op.104)
M. Bruch, Violin Concerto in G minor (Op.26)
F. J. Hadyn, Concerto in G Major
J. Massnet, Meditation from Thais
F. Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E minor (Op.64)
W. A. Mozart, Violin Concerto No.3 in G Major K.216
W. A. Mozart, Violin Concerto No.4 in D Major K.218
C. Saint Saens, Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor (Op.22)
C. Saint- Saens, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (Op.28)
P. De Sarasate, Introduction and Tarantella (Op.43)
J. Sibelius, Violin Concerto in D minor (Op.47)
N. Paganini, La Campanella
S. Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No.2 (Op.63)
P. Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto (Op.35)
A. Vivaldi, Violin Concertos The Four Seasons (Op.8)
F. Waxman, Carmen Fantasie
H. Wieniawski, Polonaise Brilliante No.1 in D major (Op.4)
H. Wieniawski, Concerto in D minor (Op.22)


Yesong Sophie Lee | Waxman | Carmen Fantasy | 2016 Menuhin International Violin Comp
VC Rising Star Yesong Sophie Lee | Wieniawski | 'Faust Fantasie'| 13 Years Old | 2017

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