Violinist Lee Wooil, who is attracting much attention as a rising star, is a graduate from Yewon School, Korea's first middle school dedicated to arts, and entered the prestigious Seoul Arts High School after earning the highest score during the entrance exams. He received awards as an outstanding alumnus from both schools and entered the Korea National University of Arts at the early age of 17 under professor Nam Yun Kim.
After graduation, he went to Germany and studied under conductor and violinist Christoph Poppen at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich.
Lee made a name for himself as a violinist in Korea when he won the first prize and a special award in honor of the late Korean violinist Lee Jong-suk at the JoongAng Music Concours, and the first prize at the KBS New Artist Music Competition. He then gained a foothold on the international stage as he became the youngest winner of the Third Prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria and won the Second Prize at the August Everding Music Competition in Germany. He also won the First Prize at the International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Austria and the Second Prize at the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition in France.
Lee has performed with renowned Korean orchestras, including the KBS Symphony Orchestra, the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Korea National University of Arts (KNUA), and the Changwon Philharmonic Orchestra. He was invited to perform at world-famous concert venues and music festivals, such as Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Ford’s Theatre in the United States; the Tongyeong International Music Festival, the Pyeongchang Music Festival, the Seoul Spring Chamber Music Festival, and the Korean Orchestra Festival in South Korea; the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy; and the Ticino Musica in Switzerland.
He has been selected as a Rising Star of 2016 by the monthly music and performing arts magazine Gaeksuk (Auditorium), held a recital at the “Rising Star” series at Kumho Art Hall, and received the Grand Prize in the “String Quartet” division at the 5th Artsylvia Chamber Music Audition in 2016.
Most recently, he performed with the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra at its subscription concert in September 2017. He is currently enrolled at the “Konzertexamen” course with Hans Peter Hofmann at the University of Music Saar in Saarbrücken, Germany.