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Cheng-Hou LeeCheng-Hou Lee

Associate Professor
M.M., Juilliard
M.M., Rice University

Office: 815-753-1291
E-mailclee@niu.edu

Cellist Cheng-Hou Lee, a native of Taiwan, received both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School.  He also earned a master’s degree in chamber music at Rice University, where he was a founding member of the award-winning Gotham Quartet. 

Mr. Lee has worked with world-renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Harvey Shapiro, Janos Starker, Mistilav Rostropovich, Zara Nclsova, Paul Katz, Steven Iserlis, Raphael Wallfisch, Gary Hoffman, Tim Eddy, and members of the Juilliard, Tokyo, and Alban Berg Quartets. 

Cheng-Hou has won the Chi-Mei Foundation Award for Outstanding Talents, the concerto competition at the Manhattan School of Music, Tuesday Musical Club Competition in Houston and twice the National Cello Competition in Taiwan, and he has appeared on the WQXR radio station in New York City. 

He was a recipient of a career grant from the Quanta Computer Education Foundation, and was a full-scholarship student at the New England Conservatory for his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He has made solo and chamber music appearances throughout the United States, and also toured in Germany, Italy, Hong-Kong, and throughout Taiwan. 

Mr. Lee served as a teaching assistant to Paul Katz for 5 years, and he has taught or conducted master classes at schools such as University of Connecticut, University of Delaware, East Carolina University, Southern Illinois University, and the Tainan Woman’s College of Arts and Technology.  He was also a faculty member at the Main Line Chamber Music Seminar in Pennsylvania, the “House of Cello” Festival, as well as the Bay Chamber Concerts “Next Generation” Program. 

As a chamber musician, Mr. Lee performed with renowned pianist Ruth Laredo, the Boromeo String Quartet, the Miami String Quartet, and American composer William Bolcom.  In addition, he has appeared in concerts for the David G. Whitcomb Foundation, Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, Jordan Hall’s 100th anniversary in Boston, the Omega Ensemble in New York City, the Charles Wadsworth and Friends Series, Robert Kapilow’s “What Makes It Great?” Seiries at Lincoln Center, and the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. 

Cheng-Hou is currently the cellist of the Avalon Quartet, which previously served as the string faculty at Indiana University at South Bend, and in August 2007 the Avalon Quartet succeeded the world-renowned Vermeer Quartet as the quartet-in-residence at Northern Illinois University.  During summers, the quartet is on faculty at festivals such as the Interlochen Center for the Arts’ Advanced String Quartet program and the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival.