About Me

Based in New York, Canadian cellist and sought-after teacher Joanne Lee-Chooi has been providing quality music lessons to students of all levels and ages for over 10 years. She has provided instructions to students from The Juilliard School, University of Toronto, Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, and has served as Teaching Fellow at Colburn School Conservatory of Music. To read more about Joanne’s Teaching Philosophy, click here.

Joanne she has performed in celebrated venues across North America including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, among others. She has performed with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Opera Italiana is in the Air in New York City and at Aspen Music Festival, Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, International Cello Festival of Canada, and Banff Centre for the Arts. As an orchestral musician, Joanne has worked under the baton of renowned conductors including Alan Gilbert, David Robertson, Peter Oundjian, and has held leading positions at Young Artist Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles, Chautauqua Festival Symphony, and Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, among others. 

Joanne received her bachelors degree from The Juilliard School and masters degree from Colburn School. Her mentors have included Ronald Leonard, David Hetherington, and Richard Aaron. She has had the privilege to perform in masterclass for Gautier Capuçon, Laurence Lesser, and Raphael Wallfisch. During her free time, Joanne enjoys exploring coffee shops and bakeries, and creating digital content.

Frédéric Chopin
Sonata in G minor, Op. 65: Largo
Johann Sebastian Bach
Unaccompanied Suite III for Violoncello: Prelude
Gaspard Cassadó
Solo Suite for Violoncello: Preludio-Fantasia – a Zarabanda