Featured Soloists - Spring 2014
Chloe Lee, violinist
2014 Winner the LPO's annual Jeanne Selander Memorial Concerto Competition
Chloe Lee is 15 years old and is a first-year student at Phillips Academy in Andover. In addition to being this year's Waltham Concerto Competition winner, Chloe is also the winner of the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra Competition and honorable mention recipient in the Brockton Symphony Feinberg Competition. She recently commenced her studies with Xiang Yu at the New England Conservatory. Chloe is a native of Chicago and is a student of Desiree Ruhstrat of the Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio. In Illinois, Chloe was the 2013 Winner of the Northwest Symphony Concerto competition, the 2011 Winner of the Chinese Fine Arts Competition, and 2011 Second Prize Winner of Society of American Musicians. She has performed at the Chicago Cultural Center, Wrigley Field, and at Opening and Closing ceremonies at the 2012 Ryder Cup. In her free time, Chloe manages her fashion blogs, watches BBC's "Sherlock" with her friends, and dreams of entrepreneurial ventures.
Drake Driscoll, cellist
'Conductors Choice' from the Jeanne Selander Memorial Concerto Competition
Drake Driscoll is currently completing her senior year at Walnut Hill School for the Arts and the New England Conservatory (NEC) Preparatory School where she studies with Natasha Brofsky. During the summers, Drake has attended the Heifetz International Music Institute, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the International Music Academy in Pilsen (Czech Republic), the Indiana String Academy, and the Brussels Chamber Orchestra-Gavriel Lipkind Side-by-Side Program. Drake is currently Assistant Principal Cellist of NEC’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and previously served as Principal Cellist of the Triangle Youth Philharmonic and the North Carolina Symphony Youth Sinfonietta. Drake is also an avid chamber musician and had the opportunity to perform on NPR’s From the Top with her Walnut Hill chamber group, Quartet Noce. Drake made her solo debut with orchestra in 2012 and has also received honors in numerous competitions some of which include the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the North Carolina Symphony Concerto Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Competition. Drake has also played for many renowned artists such as Johannes Moser, Joel Krosnick, Timothy Eddy, Lynn Harrell, Steven Doane, Amit Peled, Zuill Bailey, and Richard Aaron. In addition to playing cello, Drake rides horses competitively in hunter-jumper competitions. In 2009, Drake represented the USA at an International Jump Cup in Santiago, Chile.