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Songa Lee

Violinist Songa Lee has established herself as one of the most prolific and sought after studio musicians in Los Angeles. She has contributed to the soundtracks and musical scores of hundreds of movies, television shows and CDs, and has performed on the Academy Awards, Grammy and Emmy telecasts. In addition, Ms. Lee is in constant demand as a performer in all manner of styles ranging from pop, rock, hip-hop, and country to contemporary classical and authentic ethnic styles.

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Born in Korea, Songa's family moved to England when she was just three months old. She began playing the violin at the age of six and the following year was awarded a full scholarship to attend Chetham's School of Music, a prestigious boarding school for gifted young musicians, where she remained until she was sixteen. After a successful recital debut at the South Bank Centre in London, Songa signed with Encore Concerts Limited, and came to the United States as part of the British Virtuosi. She began studies at USC with internationally renowned pedagogue Robert Lipsett and Los Angeles Philharmonic concertmaster Martin Chalifour, receiving both her bachelor's and master's degrees.

Ms. Lee was involved in various music festivals such as Sarasota, the Schleswig-Holstein Masterclass Series, and a residency at the Banff Centre, which led to an ongoing project with the late Canadian pianist Guy Lalime, with whom she toured both England and Canada. After receiving numerous awards and grants for performances in Europe, the U.S. and Canada, in 1998 Songa returned to Korea for the first time as part of a festival honoring Korean musicians living abroad. There she performed live on national television and radio with the KBS Orchestra at the Seoul Arts Center.

Songa currently resides in Los Angeles where she enjoys the diversity of her musical collaborations with major motion picture composers such as John Williams, James Horner, Alan Silvestri, Randy Newman and Thomas Newman. She is also currently preparing for her first solo album project.