Semra Lee was born in Penang, Malaysia and started learning the violin with her mother at the age of 3. She played her first concert at age 6 and was invited as a guest soloist in Singapore when she was 10. In 1987, Semra’s family moved to Western Australia where she attended Churchlands Senior High School on a music scholarship and had violin lessons with Peter Exton and Graham Wood. Semra completed her first degree at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music, studying under Pal Eder. She was a founding member of the Halcyon Quartet which received numerous scholarships and grants to study with the Arditti Quartet, Hatto Beyerle, The Alberni Quartet and David Takeno at prestigious courses in Australia, England and Canada. She has also played in solo master classes for Oleg Krysa, Dimtry Sitovetsky and Richard Tognetti. In 1998, Semra was accepted into the Postgraduate course at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam where she studied with Istvan Parkanyi. While in Amsterdam, she worked with a variety of musicians, Performing with Sizzle, a new music ensemble and Ensemble BWV, which specialised in the cantatas of J.S Bach.
Upon graduating she was offered a job with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra where she worked for 3 years. She was a regular performer in the orchestra’s chamber music series and was part of a highly successful tour of Japan and Korea. In March 2003, Semra auditioned successfully for a tutti position with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and returned to Perth in July to work for them. Semra has recently been appointed Associate Principle Second violin in the WASO. She also has frequent involvement with Darlington Concerts and the West Australian Piano Trio.Book This Performer