My career as a professional Violinist would not have been made a reality without the kindness and generosity of a sponsor.
To this day I am hugely grateful to the late Stephen Bell for his immeasurable act of kindness, sponsoring me in my Violin studies from the very beginning, all the way through to my auditions at the conservatoire. He has left behind a wonderful legacy of financial music aid and there are many other successful musicians in the UK who have benefitted from his financial support and immense generosity.
Katrina Lee, a Yorkshire-born Violinist, is a distinguished alumna of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She graduated with first-class Honours in 2014 and awarded her Master of Music in 2016, studying under Andrea Gajic. Her academic journey was marked by numerous accolades, including the Hilda Bailey award, Ian D Watt award, Governors Prize for Strings, Robert Highgate Scholarship, and the Governors Prize for chamber music.
In 2017, Katrina assumed the role of Principal 2nd Violin with the Scottish Ballet orchestra, gaining proficiency in the rich ballet repertoire, including Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Nutcracker, and Prokofiev's 'Cinderella.' When not in the ballet pit, she can be found performing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Katrina has also performed with other notable orchestras and ensembles across the UK, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia; performing extensively around the world in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
In her musical pursuits, Katrina aspires not only to excel as a Violinist but also to amplify the voices of those composers who have historically been overlooked, making her mark as a champion of diversity and inclusion in the classical music landscape. Her passion lies in collaborating with like-minded musicians who share her commitment to showcasing the lesser-heard parts of classical musical heritage together. This commitment is reflected in her involvement with various ensembles, including the Lee-Horvath Violin and Piano Duo, Escocia Violin and Classical Guitar Duo, Isola String Quartet.
Outside of her musical pursuits, Katrina finds joy in cooking for loved ones, hula hooping, and cherishing moments with friends and family. She plays a modern violin (2003) inspired by Guarneri del Gesu, crafted by Andrew Fairfax, and a bow by Claude Thomassin.