Since her mother gifted her with a violin at the age of two, Min Lee has been inseparable from music. She was eight years old when she won the Best Performer Award at the National Music Competition of Singapore. A year later, she left Singapore to further her musical studies at the University of Michigan with Professor Stephen Shipps. At the age of 11, she started working with Professor Vaclav Snitl at the Prague Academy. Min made her debut with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra when she was 12 at the inaugural
President's Young Performers Concert.
At 14, Min became the youngest student to be admitted for graduate studies at the Yale University, where she was schooled by the late, eminent violinist Erick Friedman,
himself a protégé of Jascha Heifetz and Nathan Milstein.
Professor Friedman said, “Ms Lee is one of the most astoundingly gifted violinists it has been my pleasure to meet and hear in my twenty-five years of teaching and fifty years of performing as a concert violinist. Probably, a more accurate definition of her talent is approaching ‘genius’, a word I do not use lightly.”
She graduated in 2000 at 17. In that same year, she made her London debut at the Wigmore Hall followed by Performances at the Royal Festival Hall with the
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since then Min has appeared in concerts with orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony, the NHK, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony, Auckland Symphony, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, San Diego Symphony and the Russian National Orchestra, under the baton of conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy,
Peter Oundjian and Mikhail Pletnev.
Min has also released 2 albums under Universal – Debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Tchaikovsky/ Prokofieff Concerto No 2 with Vladmimir Ashkenazy.
A prolific fundraiser and youth ambassador with a heart of gold, Min has over the years raised some $6m to benefit various charitable organizations, including a drive to aid children in China with renal failure. She has also been selected for the HSBC Youth Excellence Award, and was a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum.
In 2007, Min enrolled at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and
graduated in 2010 with a Masters in Public Policy.
She got married that year and is now a mother to a five year old boy and a seven month old girl.
Through her performances, Min has helped to raise more that $5 million for charitable organizations such as the International Action for Aids, the Hong Kong Red Cross Society, NAC Gifted Young Musicians, and the Presidential Charities.
Shanghai for the Children with Renal Failure
Recently, she raised $250,000 in Shanghai for the Children with Renal Failure and through her performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy, she raised $200,000 for the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore .