Has played with The Knights since: September 2009, with Gil Shaham and Adele Anthony at LPR.
Favorite Knights moment: Playing Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 at the Caramoor Music Festival and Mendelssohn Octet at The Little Home Church in Wayne, IL.
Violinist Yon Joo Lee has appeared as soloist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival Young Artist Orchestra, Sarah Lawrence Orchestra, and Newark Symphony Orchestra, among other ensembles. Yon Joo was invited to play in the first violin section of Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Orchestra in Valencia, Spain in its inaugural year where she worked closely with Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta. She has also played with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Iris Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Verbier Festival Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, she has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, Kneisel Hall, and the Verbier Music Festival. Yon Joo performed for President Jimmy Carter at the International Human Rights Leaders Conference at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She has performed with artists such as Ron Carter, 3 Doors Down, and Kanye West.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Yon Joo began playing piano and violin with her mother at an early age. She studied violin with Nam-Yun Kim and piano with her mother until she moved to the US at the age of 13. She continued her studies at the Temple Preparatory Division with Sylvia Ahramjian and at Juilliard Pre-College with Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang and Catherine Cho. Yon Joo spent ten consecutive summers at the Aspen Music Festival since the age of 14. Her experience performing Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring with James Conlon and Puccini's Madama Butterfly with Lawrence Foster during her first summer in Aspen had a great impact on her. She continued her studies at The Juilliard School, where she concentrated on chamber music and modern music with Bruce Brubaker, Jacob Lateiner, Seymour Lipkin, Robert Mann, Joel Sachs, Harvey Shapiro, and the Juilliard String Quartet.
Currently, she plays with The Knights, Orchestra 54, Musica Sacra, Ossia Chamber Orchestra, the New York Opera Society, Calvary Chamber Orchestra, and L'Orchestre des Portes Rouges in New York City. She performs and records with singer-songwriter Ian Turner and pianist/singer Akie Bermiss. She enjoys recording and performing with various artists in Brooklyn, Hoboken, Manhattan, and Upstate New York. Yon Joo loves teaching the violin and has maintained a private studio since 1999.