Double Bassist Owen Lee has been the Principal Bassist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 1996. He was previously a member of the Houston Symphony under Christoph Eschenbach and served on the faculty at the University of Houston. Mr. Lee has also earned much acclaim as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jesús López-Cobos, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under John Harbison, and the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson-Thomas in Miami and on tour to Lincoln Center (Alice Tully Hall). Mr. Lee won First Prize at the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition and Fourth Prize at the Irving M. Klein International String Competition in San Francisco. He has been heard in recital throughout the United States, and in Geneva. For three summers, Mr. Lee was the bassist of the Marlboro Festival. While there, he performed with many distinguished musicians including Richard Stoltzman, Midori, Nobuko Imai, and members of the Beaux Arts Trio, Guarneri Quartet, Juilliard Quartet, and Chicago Quartet. He has also performed with the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Linton Music Series in Cincinnati, Cincinnati Symphony Chamber Players, Chamber Music LA Festival, Texas Music Festival, Tanglewood Festival, and on tour throughout China as a member of an octet comprised of leading Chinese-descent musicians from around the world. Mr. Lee was born in Berkeley, California in 1969 and began playing bass at age 15 after previous study of the piano. A graduate of the University of Southern California, where he was a student of Dennis Trembly and Paull Ellison, Mr. Lee studied both music and Russian literature. His other teachers include Edwin Barker, Nico Abondolo, Timothy Pitts, Desmond Hoebig, and David Young.