Andrea Lee splits her professional life between performing as a cellist and working in K–12 music education. As a cellist, she has been praised for her “elegant solo work” (New York Times) and “sublime” playing (Times Union). She performs regularly with East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), IRIS Orchestra, the Knights, and A Far Cry, with whom she recorded the Grammy-nominated album Dreams and Prayers. In recent seasons, she also toured with the Silk Road Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group’s production of Layla and Majnun. She has participated in festivals in the U.S. and Europe, including Taos School of Music, Spoleto Festival USA, IMS Prussia Cove, Holland Music Sessions, and Banff and collaborated in performance with members of the Borromeo, Jupiter, and Miami Quartets.
As an educator, Andrea is a Music Curriculum Specialist for Global K–12 Programs at the Juilliard School, where she develops music curriculum resources and manages the program’s main digital product, Juilliard Creative Classroom. Her work takes her frequently to schools worldwide to lead professional development with classroom teachers and support the curriculum’s successful implementation. She has previously served on the faculties of Turtle Bay Music School, the Chamber Music Conference of the East at Bennington College, and the New York Philharmonic Schools Program.
Andrea holds a BA in history with distinction from Yale University and graduate degrees in cello performance from New England Conservatory and Mannes College. Her principal teachers include Richard Aaron, Yeesun Kim, and Timothy Eddy, and in masterclasses, she has received further guidance from Frans Helmerson, Janos Starker, Anner Bylsma, and Ralph Kirshbaum.
A recent New York City transplant, Andrea now makes her home in San Francisco with her husband William Arnold and their new son, Elliot Sunjae Arnold.