Su-a Lee

Musician

Korean born cellist Su-a Lee is one of the highlights of the Scottish music scene. Celebrated wherever she goes, she stands out for her versatility, popularity, and appetite for musical adventure. Born in Seoul, Su-a trained at Chethams School of Music, completing her studies at the Juilliard School in New York. On graduating, Su-a moved to Scotland to join the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, where she is Assistant Principal Cello.

Su-a and her cello have appeared all over the world, from South America to the Arctic Circle. As well as performing in the world’s major concert halls, you are as likely to find them in unorthodox locations, including Japanese temples, circus tents and waterfalls. As an SCO member for almost 20 years, Su-a has recorded many award-winning classical music discs with Sir Charles Mackerras, Joseph Swensen, and Alexander Janiczek.

Though Su-a spends most of her time playing classical music, she is also in demand across a wide musical spectrum, working in all art forms. She has played for theatre, dance & film projects, and she performs regularly with Scotland’s jazz and folk stars. Her non-classical work has encompassed recording on musical saw for Eric Clapton, performing at Celtic Connections with the folk band Lau, and a tour of India with the Sarod maestro, Amjad Ali Khan. Su-a is also a founder member of the innovative music ensemble Mr McFall's Chamber.

With a special passion for working with young musicians, Su-a regularly participates in SCO Connect's education and community work. She is Patron-in-Chief of the Perth Youth Orchestra and a regular coach for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. She is an Associate Member of the Martyn Bennett Trust, and a Trustee of the Board of the Soundhouse Trust.