Regarded as one of the most promising upcoming talents on the international stage, Rachel has performed with major orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago, Seattle, Saint Louis, and National Symphonies, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the KBS Symphony. At nine years of age she performed at the United Nations' 50th Anniversary celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Rachel has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New Yorker, and on national television at the 2000 Grammy awards. In spite of her young age, she has been described as "a violinist of utmost stature," and her playing has been characterized as "mature beyond her years."
Lee started playing violin at age four. Her father was not a musician, and her mother played piano.
From 1996 (age 8) to 2006, Lee studied with Dorothy DeLay and Won Bin Yim at the Juilliard School Pre-college Division. She attended a dual degree program with Harvard University and New England Conservatory, graduating with a B.A. in English from Harvard in 2010 and a M.M. degree from NEC in 2011, all while commuting to New York for lessons with Itzhak Perlman and Robert Mann.
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