Internationally acclaimed violinist Ruda Lee made her concerto debut at the age of 6 where she was the youngest winner of the World Symphony Orchestra Competition. Born in Seoul, South Korea, her stage career started with great success of receiving the top prizes in Korean Chamber Ensemble Competition, Music Journal Competition, Strad Magazine Award, Music Education Newspaper Competition, Korea Mozart Competition, Young Soloist Competition amongst others. Ruda’s first composition won the Seoul President’s Award when she was 12.
Having won the first prize of the American Protégé International Competition, she made her winner recital at Carnegie Hall Weill hall in 2014. Ruda has performed at prestigious concert venues, including the J.F.Kennedy Center Honors Gala 2015 in Washington D.C. where she performed with Yo Yo Ma and Pamela Frank having President Obama as an audience which was nationally televised in the United States.
As a co-concertmaster of Yale Philharmonia New York concert, Ruda has performed with Maestro John Adams at the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. She has performed under the baton of Valery Gergiev, Krzysztof Penderecki, Peter Oundjian, Andris Nelsons, and worked with respected violinists such as Kyung- Wha Chung, Joseph Silverstein, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Igor Ozim, Syoko Aki, Cho- Liang Lin, among others.
Ruda has regularly received the invitations from many internationally-acclaimed music festivals in America, Europe, Canada, Russia and Asia; Tanglewood, Kronberg, Norfolk, Banff, GreatMountain (PyeongChang), Tongyeong, Taipei and Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, where she played alongside legendary artists as Lynn Harrel, Pinchas Zukerman, Emerson Quartet, Brentano, Orion and Tokyo String Quartet.
While holding double degrees in MM and MMA at Yale University, awarded a full scholarship from the School of Music, she was a Teaching Artist at Yale Music in Schools Initiative. Currently based in Hong Kong, where she plays with the Yale Chamber Music Society as well as a soloist and a guest concertmaster in Hong Kong Orchestra among various music projects. Ruda is also a devoted teacher and a mentor working with young musicians to find their passion and love of music through her creative activities.