A native of South Korea, Yen had been an active member in the guitar competition circuit winning prizes and appearing in many major concert venues and music festivals including Seoul Art Center, Sejong Art Center, Hoam Art Hall, Jeju Guitar Festival, and Busan Guitar Festival. Yen has also appeared in concert with international artists that include Anders Clemens Øien and Gabriele Natilla. In 2007, a music management company scouted Yen for the 1st guitar part of Botticelli Guitar Quartet, which toured throughout Korea and recorded Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons for Sony Classical.
After finishing her undergraduate studies at Seoul National University in 2010, Yen moved to New York City for further study and has performed in concerts at New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, the Upstate New York Guitar Festival, New England Guitar Festival, Tenri Cultural Institute, Morgan Library & Museum, DiMenna Center, The Frick Collection, Liszt Festival at Mannes, and GFA regional symposium concert. In 2013, she was placed the 4th in the Indiana International Guitar Competition.
Yen Lee received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Manhattan School of Music in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University and a Master of Music degree from Mannes College The New School for Music.
(Yen’s legal name is Ye Eun Lee, which means wise and graceful in Korean.)