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, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, yMusic, IRIS, 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.Festival appearances include 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, Brentano, and Cleveland quartets, as well as collaborate in performance with members of the Borromeo, Jupiter, and Miami Quartets.
Apart from her more traditional music activities, she has performed live with Sufjan Stevens, Vampire Weekend, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, and Pharrell.
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 at Juilliard Global Ventures.
Her principal teachers have been Richard Aaron, Yeesun Kim, and Timothy Eddy, and in masterclasses, she has received further guidance from Frans Helmerson, Anner Bylsma, and Ralph Kirshbaum. Ms. Lee holds a BA in history with distinction from Yale University and went on to earn graduate degrees in cello performance from New England Conservatory and Mannes College.