With a refreshing mix of thoughtfulness and spontaneity, Cameron Alan-Lee has captivated audiences around the world with his unique ways of music-making. From the young age of 4, Cameron began his musical studies and spent many of his formative years performing in public at farmers markets, senior living facilities, as well as throughout Europe. While attending the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angles from 2009-2016, he studied privately with Chan Ho Yun and Aimee Kreston and was also a founding member of the award-winning Chimera Quartet. In 2016 he and his quartet were awarded top prizes at the St. Paul String Quartet Competition, WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition, as well as the inaugural MPrize Chamber Music Competition. In addition to competing, Cameron has also participated and performed at summer festivals such as The Montecito Summer Music Festival, Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, Aspen Music Festival, and Encore Chamber Music.
Cameron continued his music-making at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2016 where he earned his undergraduate degree in violin performance while under the tutelage of Jinjoo Cho, Stephen Rose, and Jaime Laredo. He will be receiving his master of music degree from New England Conservatory in 2023 under the guidance of Ayano Ninomiya.
Cameron performs on a 2015 copy of a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin generously on loan from Douglas Cox as well as a bow made by Delphine Petitjean.
Birthday: December 9th
Schools Attended: From the age of 10 to 18 I was a member of the pre-college music program at The Colburn School of Performing Arts. For my undergraduate studies, I chose to attend The Cleveland Institute of Music where I studied with Jinjoo Cho, Stephen Rose, and Jaime Laredo. Finally, for my Masters of Music degree, I moved to Boston to study at The New England Conservatory with Ayano Ninomiya.
Instruments You Teach: Violin, Piano, Viola
Favorite Music to Perform: For me, I try to make every piece I have played or am currently playing my favorite piece to play. This allows me to always search deeper and think more about the music I am playing. I especially love performing classical music as well as Eastern European and American fiddle music!
Favorite Music to Listen to: That’s a super difficult question to answer because my music taste is constantly changing. Some of my favorite genres are, classical, funk/r&b, jazz and, pop!
Something most people don’t know about you: I performed a solo rendition of the national anthem at three Los Angeles Lakers basketball games and was able to meet and talk with Kobe Bryant!
Hobbies/interests: I love running/biking/hiking as well as cooking and have recently gotten into playing Dungeons and Dragons! I also love to travel and be immersed in new places!
Where you were born & grew up: I was born in Los Angeles, California and spent my entire life there until moving for college!
Practice Tips: There are many helpful practice tips, but a few that have stuck with me are, What do you want it to sound like? And what are you connecting to in the piece? It is also important to remember to walk before you run when practicing or learning something new. This is a reminder to practice slowly and thoughtfully so that eventually, you will be able to “run” with your music and enjoy all it has to offer!