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Julianne Lee

Assistant Principal Second Violin, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charlotte and Irving W. Rabb chair, endowed in perpetuity

Principal Second Violin, Boston Pops Orchestra
Charlotte and Irving W. Rabb chair, endowed in perpetuity

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Julianne Lee has a distinctive career as both a violinist and violist, appearing frequently as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. A member of the violin section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2006, she currently holds the position of assistant principal second violinist with the BSO and principal second violin of the Boston Pops Orchestra. She also served for two years as the principal second violinist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 2017 to 2019. Lee has toured nationally and internationally with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Marlboro Music Festival, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, where she held the title of guest principal violist. As of September 2023, Julianne Lee is violist of the Grammy-nominated Dover Quartet. She is the former second violinist of the Johannes String Quartet, with which she performed commissioned works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Derek Bermel, and William Bolcom. Throughout her career she has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, the U.S., and South Korea and as a chamber musician at numerous music festivals including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music at the Banff Centre, Aspen Music Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. Julianne Lee graduated with a unanimous first prize at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris in France. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both violin and viola performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory. She is a respected faculty member at both the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and the Berklee College of Music; beginning in 2023-24, she joins the faculty at Curtis as a member of the Dover Quartet, the institute’s ensemble in residence.

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