Instrument/Department: Cello, Suzuki Cello, Chamber Music
Joined Hochstein faculty: Summer 2016
Cora Swenson Lee is a cellist and Baroque cellist who performs
actively in the Boston and Rochester areas. Cora began her studies in Chicago
at the age of 4. Her most influential teachers have been professors Alan Harris
and Marc Johnson. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of
Music and a master’s degree from Boston University College of Fine Arts. Cora
is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Cello Performance at the Eastman School
Cora is currently on the faculty at the Hochstein School of Music and
Dance in Rochester, NY. She also works as a teaching assistant for Prof. Alan
Harris and as a secondary lesson instructor at the Eastman School of Music. Cora
is also a passionate chamber musician.
She has performed in venues across the United States and
internationally. Cora’s early music ensemble, Trio Speranza, concertizes each
season, and in 2014 won the Presentation Prize at Early Music America’s Baroque
Performance Competition. Cora is a member of Emmanuel Music and Boston Baroque,
and has also performed with the Handel and Haydn Society, the Rochester
Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New World Symphony.
More About Cora Swenson Lee
Hometown: Fox River
Grove, Illinois (outside of Chicago)
What inspires me: Performing
for people from all walks of life, and seeing how the same great music can
touch each of them profoundly, if in different ways.
Why the arts matter: Nothing
is more satisfying than acquiring a new skill, but this is especially true when
that process allows you to connect with others through the beauty and joy found
in the arts.
Favorite things to do in Rochester: Walk East Ave looking at the beautiful homes, explore new neighborhoods,
and find local gems (restaurants, shops, artisans)
When I'm not at Hochstein, you can find me: In classes at Eastman, where I'm working on my DMA, or at home spending
time with my husband and our cat!
My favorite local restaurant(s): How can I choose?? White Swans Asia Cafe, Seoul House, Glen
Edith Coffee Roasters ... Too many to name
Favorite places to travel: Hong
Kong and Chicago - where our families live.
Favorite season: Fall! Crisp
weather, cozy sweaters, and back to school!
What people would be surprised to know about me: I'm trying to learn Cantonese!
Press quotes: Praised by the San Francisco
Classical Voice for playing "with maturity and panache." After a performance
of Mendelssohn's String Octet with Emmanuel Music, where she was a 2014-15
season Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow, the Boston Musical Intelligencer stated
"Swenson Lee, whom I had not heard previously, was a treat to