Award-winning violinist Daniel S. Lee enjoys a varied career as a soloist, leader, collaborator, and educator. Praised for his “ravishing vehemence” and “soulful performance” (New York Times), he has appeared as a soloist and leader with Early Music New York, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the New York Baroque Incorporated, Quodlibet Ensemble, the Trinity (Wall St.) Baroque Orchestra, and the Yale Schola Cantorum, among others. As the core violinist of the Sebastians, the critically-acclaimed period ensemble that he founded and co-directs, he won the Audience Prize at the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition, and was a finalist of the 2011 York Early Music International Competition. With the Sebastians in collaboration with the TENET Vocal Artists, he led—jointly with keyboardist Jeffrey Grossman—conductor-less performances of J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion and Handel’s Messiah. 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 violino piccolo specialist, he has performed as a soloist in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and Cantata 140, and has given the modern-day premiere of his own transcription of Johann Pfeiffer’s concerto. His latest musical interest includes the repertoire and performance practice of the violoncello da spalla.
A graduate of the Juilliard School (B.M.), Yale School of Music (M.M. and Art.Dip.), and University of Connecticut (D.M.A), he studied early 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, the University of Bridgeport, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Purchase College, SUNY, and has given lectures and masterclasses at Connecticut College, the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Purchase College (SUNY), and the University of Kansas. He currently teaches early music and chamber music at the Yale School of Music.