Eunsoon Lee-Corliss

Assistant Principal Viola

Eunsoon Lee-Corliss


Eunsoon Lee-Corliss, a native of Seoul Korea, decided to learn viola at the age of 17 after attending her high school string orchestra concert. She soon entered the music school of Yon Sei University in Seoul, and was playing with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra before she graduated. With the Seoul Philharmonic she toured Taiwan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, San Francisco, Hawaii, and Los-Angeles, later joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO).

After a year with SSO, she came to the U.S. to continue her study at Ohio University as a graduate assistant, where she was principal violist with the University’s Symphony Orchestra. She attended the Bayview Music Festival in Michigan on a full scholarship and later also participated in the Spoleto Festival in Italy. After earning her Master’s Degree at Ohio, she played with the Omaha Symphony, Lincoln Symphony, Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony, and finally joined the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in 1985, where she has held the position of assistant principal violist since 1986. As of August 2015, she graduated from Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP).

She is passionate about serving as a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP) and sharing the benefits of therapeutic music with newborn infants as well as patients in hospitals, and nursing homes. In June 2017, the League of American Orchestras presented Eunsoon with the Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service for her work in the KSO Music & Wellness Program; she was one of five musicians selected for this national honor.

Eunsoon enjoys growing exotic veggies with her mother, exploring art galleries and going on random excursions with her husband Scott. She also loves to brush up on Spanish and her latest discovery, swing dancing!

* Member of the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra

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