Nelson Lee is first violinist of the Jupiter String Quartet which has performed extensively
throughout North America and abroad. One of the leading ensembles of its generation, the
quartet has been heard at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, the
Kennedy Center, the Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and Sejong Hall in Seoul. In recent years, the
quartet has won first prize at the Eighth International Banff String Quartet Competition, Young
Concert Artists Competition, and Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The quartet has been a
member of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two program and received the 2008 Avery
Fisher Career Grant as well as Chamber Music America's Cleveland Quartet Award in 2007.
They are currently in residence at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

 

An active and devoted teacher, Nelson has given masterclasses at numerous institutions and
festivals around the country including the Peabody Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music,
Northwestern University, Boston Conservatory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aspen
Music Festival, Madeline Island Music Camp, Bowdoin Music Festival, and Music at Menlo. He
also served as a teaching assistant to Donald Weilerstein while attending the Cleveland Institute
of Music.


Nelson comes from a family of musicians. His parents are both pianists (his father also a
conductor) and his twin sisters Andrea and Alicia play the cello and clarinet. He is married to
Denise Djokic, cellist, with whom he collaborates often.