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Chung-oo

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AS ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL CELLIST for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Chang Woo Lee is noted best for her sensuous tone and sensitive musicianship. Chang, better known as Chung-oo, for pronounciation and  in association with her album ‘Invitation to Romance,’ was raised in South Korea where her oldest brother worked in a violin factory. It was his idea that she should learn to play the cello, so with transportation provided by him and his bicycle, she began private instruction when she was ten years old. Having been discovered in her native Korea by the legendary Janos Starker, she was offered a full scholarship to study with him at Indiana University. Having the opportunity to work closely with such a master was essential to Chang’s musical development. Upon graduation from Indiana University, she played with orchestras in Mexico and Canada before joining the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 1978. Chang has often appeared as a soloist with the BSO as well as other orchestras: most notably performing with the Shostakovich and Elgar Concertos. Ms. Lee has taught many young musicians who are now pursuing professional careers internationally – including cellists at the BSO Academy and the World Doctors Orchestra – and responses to her artistry and coaching are given with overwhelming enthusiasm. The Washington Post described her Elgar interpretation as a “compelling account… her big sound pleading the concerto’s case well.”