Mari Lee is an artist dedicated to engaging her audience by instilling curiosity for music. A violinist, producer, and entrepreneur, she aims to bridge the gap between audiences, performers, and composers.
Mari has performed internationally at the South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Le Festival de Radio France Montpellier, Philharmonie de Paris, and Carnegie Hall. Praised as “extremely impressive” by the Strad Magazine, she has been invited to renowned festivals including Ravinia, Verbier, and Marlboro.
Mari is co-founder of Salon Séance, an interdisciplinary series that reveals the intersection between music, history, and our lives through a unique presentation: a concert theatre. Salon Séance has won multiple awards including Tarisio’s Young Artists Grants and the Britten-Pears Foundation’s Britten Award.
Mari’s commitment to audience engagement has taken her beyond traditional concert venues and communities. During her fellowship at Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, she created interactive performances for the incarcerated, homeless, developmentally disabled populations, and Title-1 schools in New York.
Highlights from past seasons include performances with Salon Séance at Schubert Club and The Crypt Sessions; a collaboration with dancers from BodyVox; multimedia concerts at CreArt; and performances of Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire with lighting and theater at Carnegie Hall.
Mari is a graduate of The Yehudi Menuhin School, New England Conservatory of Music, and Universität der Künste Berlin, where she studied with Natasha Boyarsky, Miriam Fried, and Nora Chastain. She is an alumna of Beth Morrison’s Producer Academy and is a member of CIPA (Creative & Independent Producer Alliance).
She plays on 1863 Jean-Baptiste Villaume.