“A wonderful violinist and performer– poised, expressive, and always engaging (…) plays with intelligence and thoughtfulness, which brings everything beautifully together. (Janet Sung)”.
An active performer and violin instructor, Angelo Horngtay Chiu Lee began his musical education at the age of eight. After receiving a tiny violin from his mother because she thought it would be the easiest instrument to store in a closet, Angelo embarked on a journey of passion for music and the violin which continues to increase each day.
As a performer, Angelo has performed solo recitals in Madrid and Chicago, while maintaining his career as an avid orchestral and chamber musician. Chiu Lee has collaborated and played for noted conductors such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Cliff Colnot. He has received masterclasses and chamber coachings from Erich Gruenberg, Anne Setzer, Eszter Haffner, Ilya Kaler, Rictor Noren and John Rogers, among others. His diverse repertoire ranges from the Baroque period to music from the 20th and 21st centuries (Bach’s Chaconne, Beethoven’s violin concerto, Saariaho’s Nocturne and Zwilich’s Fantasy, among others).
Audiences from around the world have heard Angelo in the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Palacio de Euskalduna, Chicago Symphony Center, Miami New World Center and European Center Penderecki. Mr. Chiu Lee’s tour highlights include visits to the Netherlands, Germany and Poland as well as performances in Chicago (Holtschneider Performance Center), Miami (New World Symphony Concert Hall), Cincinnati (Patricia Corbett Theater) and New York (Carnegie Hall).
A passionate community advocate, Angelo collaborates with a Kiss for all the World and Music for Kids, teaching diverse communities and bringing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony to hospitals. Enthusiastic recording artist, Angelo’s work can be heard on Mad4Strings (Zacarías de la Riva’s 1m1 Seth, Álex Ubago and Melendi).
Angelo is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (2019-2021). He has registered training in Every Child Can and in Books 1 to 5 under the instruction of Rolando Freitag, and held violin teaching positions in Escuela Partichela, Chicago School of Musical Arts and the DePaul School of Music Community Music Division. His pedagogical approach to the violin is based on the Suzuki Method which he also mixes with a more traditional teaching style.
In 2020 and 2021 Angelo received awards from the King’s Peak International Competition and the American Youth Musician Union International Competition.
Originally from Spain, Angelo graduated summa cum laude from the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid. In 2017, he received his Fulbright Award in the Arts to pursue his Master of Music in Performance in at DePaul University, finishing it with honors. Currently, he is finishing an Artists’ Certificate program at DePaul University School of Music in the studio of Janet Sung and will be joining an Arts and Cultural Management Master’s program in Universitat Internacional de Catalunya starting Fall 2021.
During his spare time, Angelo enjoys hiking and cooking.