Classical, Early Music, New Music, Traditional Folk (Us/Int)
(2023). Cellist Zoe Lee is a versatile performer, chamber musician, and educator who seeks to connect people through music. As a recipient of the Vincent Constantino Scholarship, Zoe received a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with French cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau.
Zoe began her musical journey by learning piano at the age of four and won awards in solo and chamber competitions in her native Taiwan. She has also participated in renowned music festivals, including Oberstdorfer Musiksommer, Taipei Music Academy Festival, Formosa Chamber Music Festival, and Telegraph ChamberFEAST.
As a chamber musician, Zoe has organized and performed in various concerts, including the unique hybrid concert Trio-20 and the string quartet collaboration with a private chef for A Piece A Meal. She has also performed with award-winning artists, such as Ragnar Bohlin and John Adams, and participated in the recording of Nick Platoff’s 2022 album, “Limousine of Creative Potential.” with members of the San
Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Ballet.
Zoe is also an experienced cello and piano teacher, having worked with students of all ages for several years. She serves as an SFCM Pre-College Teaching Artist under the Bridge to Arts & Music (BAM) program, providing tuition-free instrumental instruction for underserved students. Zoe focuses on developing each student’s unique strengths and needs while building a strong technical foundation and healthy mindset for their musical journey. She has had the privilege to work and learn from esteemed artists, such as Lynn Harrell, Wen-Sinn Yang, Yovan Markovitch, Yehuda Hanani, Johannes Moser, Astrid Schween, Antonio Lysy, Telegraph Quartet, and Formosa Quartet, among others. By providing a positive and encouraging musical environment, her mission is to inspire students to explore the beautiful sounds deep inside their hearts and share them with others. Zoe is fluent in Mandarin and English.