Carl Lee started playing the viola at the age of 9 in Sydney, Australia, performing as a soloist and a chamber musician from a young age. Carl studied the viola throughout high school with Alex Todicescu, and completed his Bachelor of Music in 2013 under the tutelage of Nicole Divall from the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Roger Benedict from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Carl has had lessons and masterclasses with internationally renowned musicians including Nobuko Imai, Tasso Adamopoulos, Pinchas Zukerman, Richard Young, James Ehnes, and members of the Atrium and Goldner String Quartets. From 2011 to 2013 he performed frequently with the Tecchler String Quartet both regionally and abroad. Performing with the string quartet has taken Carl to many parts of the world including being featured in a concert series at the Opera House, Theatre Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, and in Norway at the Sommerkonserter Vigeland Museet, where he still performs regularly.
In 2014, Carl was the Viola Fellow in the 2014 Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship program, and has performed regionally and internationally with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra including on their 2014 China Tour. In 2015, he took part in the Verbier Music Festival, Switzerland, and also the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea, where he collaborated with some of the finest musicians from around the world.
In 2016, Carl won the Tertis Concourso Viola Competition in Salzburg, and he also attended the Gstaad Menuhin Festival as part of the Festival Orchestra under the baton of Neeme Järvi. He is now studying a Masters in Viola under Professor Thomas Riebl in the Mozarteum Salzburg and performs regularly as principal viola with the Haydn Philharmonia in Vienna.