Hae-a Lee

A native of Korea, violinist Hae-a Lee moved to England at the age of three. She won a scholarship to attend the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, studying with Roger Raphael. She attended St Hilda’s College, Oxford University to read Music and continued private lessons with David Takeno in London. Hae-a became a member of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra in 1999 and has performed with the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, Mercury and Ars Lyrica Houston regularly since then. She has participated in numerous instrumental and operatic recordings ranging from Handel and Rameau to Carlisle Floyd and Jake Heggie. She is currently an Assistant Librarian at the Houston Symphony and is married to award-winning luthier Dorian Barnes (Lisle Violin Shop). She plays on a very special violin that he made and gave to her as a wedding gift.