19-year old Canadian violinist Byungchan (Chan) Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea — where he started the violin at age 6. He continued further studies with Taras Gabora in Vancouver.
As recipient of the Lloyd-Carr Harris Scholarship from McGill University, he is currently pursuing second-year undergraduate studies under the guidance of Prof. Denise Lupien and Prof. André Roy. He has played in a masterclass held at McGill in September 2013 for violinist James Ehnes, as well as for violinists Jonathan Crow, Dale Barltrop and Gerhard Schulz.
In 2009, he was second prize laureate of the Yuri Yankelevitch International Violin Competition. He was concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2010 and 2011, the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2010 to 2012, and the McGill Symphony Orchestra in 2013 and 2014. He was featured as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2012, the McGill Symphony Orchestra as winner of the 2013 McGill Concerto Competition, and will be guest alumni soloist with the VYSO in May 2015 at the Chan Shun Concert Hall in Vancouver.
As a current member of the Sonoro String Quartet — which has participated in the 2013 editions of the Orford Arts Centre String Quartet Academy and the McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA) — he has had the opportunity to work with members of the Alban Berg, Guarneri, Miami, Vogler, and New Orford String Quartets. In concert, the Sonoro has performed for the Orford Arts Centre, MISQA, Lake Shore Chamber Music Society, West Brome Concert Series, Wilder & Davis Luthiers, and a tribute to former McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum.