Meet The Performers

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Strings - Violin

Florence Schwartz-Lee


Florence Schwartz-Lee, who joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1989, began her musical studies at the age of 5 with Margaret Randall at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she later studied with David Cerone. She received a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Donald Weilerstein, and a master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music as a student of Felix Galimir. Her other teachers include Angel Reyes, Arnold Steinhardt and David Arben.

She has won numerous competitions and awards. She has performed as soloist with several orchestras, including the World Youth and University orchestras at the National Music Camp, Aspen Sinfonia, Cleveland Philharmonic, Mannes Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic. Florence has performed chamber music with the Bronx Arts Ensemble and as a member of the Marlboro Music Festival. She has appeared as soloist at Bach Week in Evanston and with the Kenosha Symphony with fellow orchestra member Catherine Brubaker. She also performs on the CSO Chamber Music series and has performed recitals and chamber music on the Mostly Music series in Chicago.

Florence lives in Winnetka with her husband, William Harris Lee, and her children, Max, Solomon and Sally.

August 2009

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