Alicia Lee, clarinet

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Born into a musical family, Alicia Lee grew up in Michigan, where she began playing violin and piano at the age of 5 and eventually switched to clarinet at the age of 12.  

Alicia is the newly appointed professor of clarinet at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where she also performs with the Wingra Wind Quintet. She is an artist of Decoda, NOW Ensemble, and performs frequently with several New York based groups including the Knights Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus, and NOVUS. Ms. Lee's festival appearances include Marlboro, Lucerne, Spoleto (Italy and US), Yellow Barn, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Bay Chamber Concerts.

She is a founding member of Decoda and has previously served on the artistic leadership team and as operations manager. During the 2017-18 season, she will perform and lead workshops with Decoda at Lawrence University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and will be a part of the Decoda debut at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. She is also the director of the Decoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute. 

She was formerly the associate principal and E-flat clarinet player of the Santa Barbara Symphony, a position she held for seven seasons. She also performed as solo bass clarinetist of the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway during the 2013-14 season. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French Language and Literature from Columbia University, and pursued musical studies at The Juilliard School Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima as a part of the Columbia-Juilliard exchange program. She earned additional degrees from the University of Southern California and The Colburn School, where she was a student of Yehuda Gilad.