Cellist Andrea Lee, who has been praised for her “elegant solo work” (New York Times) and “sublime” playing (Times Union), enjoys a busy freelance and teaching career in New York City. She performs and tours regularly with such ensembles as The Knights, IRIS, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, yMusic, and A Far Cry. Andrea is the cellist of the indie-classical band Build, whose sound has been praised for its “genre-traversing mix of chamber-music decorum, rootsy twang and pop-fueled drive” by Time Out New York. Build has released two critically-acclaimed albums on the New Amsterdam label. She has participated in festivals in the U.S. and Europe, including Taos School of Music, Spoleto Festival USA, IMS Prussia Cove, Holland Music Sessions, and Banff. Her love for chamber music has led her to work closely with members of the Tokyo, Takacs, Guarneri, Borromeo, Cleveland, and Brentano Quartets, as well as collaborate in performance with members of the Borromeo, Jupiter, and Miami Quartets.
As a devoted teacher, Ms. Lee serves on the faculty of the Chamber Music Conference of the East at Bennington College and was a Teaching Artist with the New York Philharmonic Schools Program for several years. She brings her enthusiasm for music education to her new role as Music Curriculum Specialist for Juilliard Global Ventures. Her principal teachers include Richard Aaron, Yeesun Kim, and Timothy Eddy, and in masterclasses, she has received further guidance from Janos Starker, Anner Bylsma, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Frans Helmerson. She holds a BA in history with distinction from Yale University, whereupon graduating, she received the Bach Society Prize and the T. Whitney Blake Memorial Prize. She went on to earn graduate degrees in cello performance from New England Conservatory and Mannes College.