Period violinist Daniel S. Lee enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher. Praised for his “ravishing vehemence” and “fleet-fingered, passionate… soulful performance,” (New York Times) he has performed as a soloist and leader with Early Music New York, New York Baroque Incorporated, Quodlibet Ensemble, San Francisco Bach Choir, TENET, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Yale Schola Cantorum. He founded and co-directs the Sebastians, an award-winning period ensemble lauded for its “stylistic authority and rhythmic verve.” (New York Times) As a violino piccolo specialist, he frequently appears as a soloist in Bach’s first Brandenburg Concerto and Cantata 140, and transcribed and performed numerous works for the instrument by Bach’s contemporaries.
He has also appeared on the stages of the 4×4 Baroque Music Festival, Connecticut Early Music Festival, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, NYS Baroque, Pegasus Early Music, and York Early Music Festival. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, and University of Connecticut, he studied period violins with Robert Mealy and Petra Müllejans and the modern violin with Patinka Kopec, Stephen Clapp, Ani Kavafian, and Theodore Arm. As a modern violinist, he made his Carnegie Hall debut at age sixteen performing alongside Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He has held teaching positions at Connecticut College, University of Bridgeport, and Purchase College, SUNY. Also a conductor, he is the music director of the Albano Ballet. More information can be found at www.danielslee.com.