Christopher Collins Lee, violinist, became a protégé of ZinoFrancescatti at the age of sixteen, touring with him throughout Europe. He holds B.F.A. and M.M. degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, a Doctorate from SUNY Stony Brook, and five Honorary Doctorates from foreign institutions. He holds the State Department title of Official Musical Ambassador of the United States, and has toured the world many times under their auspices. Dr. Lee has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Grant, Fulbright, National Arts Club, Artists International, Carl Flesch International Violin Competition, J.S. Bach Competition, Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, the Samuel ChozinoffAward, and the Fritz Kreisler Prize. Christopher Collins Lee has performed as soloist with Leopold Stokowski and Arthur Fiedler among other conductors, and has recorded for the CBS, RCA, Desto, Everest, Arista, Delos and Quattro Corde labels. He has served as concertmaster of The American Symphony Orchestra, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, National Chorale and the Spanish Chamber Orchestra to name a few. The New York Times termed Dr. Lee “an impressive, stylish violinist with something special to say.” Much in demand as a concerto soloist, violin recitalist, chamber music artist, and teacher, Christopher Collins Lee makes his home in an historic landmark Victorian mansion in Newark, NJ, and collects art, rare musical instruments, phonographs, and 78 rpm records. He plays the celebrated 1771 “Accardo” violin made in Turin, Italy by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini.