Paul Pai-Shih Lee – Violin
Paul Pai-Shih Lee, violinist, started his musical training at the young age of 4 at the Yamaha School. Lee picked up the violin at the age of 6 and since then it has been a big part of his life.
While growing up, Lee was accepted into a music talent class at third grade in Taiwan. Soon after, Lee immigrated to the United States where he continued his pursuit in violin with private instructors Etsuo Ejiri and Anne Thatcher. Lee stayed active as a young violinist participating in youth orchestras and competitions where he had the opportunity to perform at the Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and even on the radio as the winner of the SYMF competition. Much cultivated on the violin from serving as a concertmaster and as a soloist, Lee then pursued a degree in violin performance on the Marjorie Rawlin’s Scholarship at the University of California, Irvine where he had the privilege of studying under the mentor of Haroutune Bedelian for Bachelors of Music and then Master of Fine Arts.
Lee has since been very active both as a performer and an instructor on the violin. Some of the orchestras and chamber groups that Lee’s played with include American Youth Symphony, Bellflower Symphony, Burbank Symphony, Citizen Piano Trio, Crescendo String Quartet, Downey Symphony, Golden State Pop Orchestra, Irvine Symphony Orchestra, J.T.’s California Dreamin’, and Orange County Youth Symphony. Lee has also been a huge advocate of Taiwanese music, featured numerous times performing works by Tyzne Hsiao. Lee’s instructional experience includes California Graduate School of Theology, California Music Studios, Irvine Arts and Music, New Avenue School, San Elijo Middle School, Soma Music Academy, University of California, Irvine, Vienna Music Institute and Villa Musica