Born in South Korea, violinist Yulee Seo has appeared as a soloist and an active chamber/orchestra player in Korea, Japan, China, Austria, Germany, Poland, Sweden and the USA. She has performed in major venues including Musikverein Vienna, Carnegie Hall, Salzburg Festspielhaus, Disney Hall, Liederhalle, Muza Kawasaki, and Seoul Arts Center.
A winner of numerous competitions, among them the Padova International Music Competition and the Dichler Competition, she played as soloist with Seoul Symphony, Hungarian Kammer, SK Networks Chamber, SNU Modern Ensemble and Tri Valley Youth Symphony. She also played at the St. Thomas Church where J.S.Bach worked as Kapellmeister, as part of the Bach Festival in Leipzig. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships, including those awarded by the Foundation by Yehudi Menuhin, Rotary Club Wiener Neustadt, and Angelika-Prokopp Akademie of the Vienna Philharmonic. In recognition of the last award, she was invited to perform at the Salzburg Festival.
After moving to the United States, she served a faculty member at the Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy (FOOSA). She recently joined to the Marin Symphony, California Symphony, and she regularly plays for the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Berkeley Chamber Opera. She maintains a private studio in Bay Area, and she coaches Hope Box Charity Youth Orchestra as well as Tri-Valley Youth Symphony.
Seo holds degrees from Seoul National University (BA with Honor) and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Magister mit Auszeichnung).
Joke that made her laugh in this photo
How many second violinists does it take to change a lightbulb? None. They can’t get up that high.