Helen Yee is a violinist, multi-instrumentalist, composer residing in the worlds of music between East and West, traditional and new, "high" and "low." Over her years in New York City she has taken the best of her classical training and then expanded beyond the confines of that tradition - to improvise and compose in multiple styles.
Ms. Yee has performed in Off Off Broadway productions of experimental theatre, including work with Mabou Mines. And in Fall 2006 she wrote and performed music for solo violin for the darkly comedic play, Krankenhaus Blues, produced by Visible Theatre. Helen Yee has also performed and recorded with a number of rock/pop/hip-hop bands including Mairead, Twenty % Tippers, Too Cynical to Cry and Neycha. As a session musician she has contributed to a number of movie soundtracks, including Cost of Living, Number One, Tug of War, and Martin Scorcese's Kundun.
She has performed extensively in the New York area in venues as diverse as CBGB's, Lincoln Center and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has been part of residencies at Colgate University, Peabody Conservatory, workshops at Manhattan School of Music, and her experience includes many workshops for children in arts-in-education programs. She was also recently a presenter on the subjects of alternative chamber music and strings around the world at the recent American String Teachers Association national conference.
Helen Yee has also been a long-time member of Music From China, for which she performs on yangqin and percussion. Music From China, an ensemble that performs traditional and new music on traditional Chinese instruments, is a recipient of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP award for adventurous programming. In 2000 she appeared on the stage with Yo-Yo Ma and Music From China in a concert of new work by Zhou Long, at Washington D.C.'s Freer Gallery.
A native of New York, Ms. Yee began with classical training and after earning her BA at Yale University continued her studies in jazz and improvisation, including work with Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Rob Thomas and Roni Ben-Hur. In addition, she has also explored improvisation in other contexts including Sound Painting (tm) as directed by Walter Thompson and vocal and instrumental improvisation with various groups including Music For People..