Charlotte Lee is the President and Founder of Primo Artists, one of the leading artist management agencies in North America. Based in New York and established in 2015, Primo Artists prides itself on its selective roster of several of the world’s finest classical artists, from rising stars to household names. Lee represents violinists Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Nicola Benedetti, pianists Beatrice Rana and Seong-Jin Cho, and conductor Cristian Măcelaru.
Lee has 19 years of experience in the music industry and, prior to founding Primo Artists, she was a Senior Vice President at IMG Artists. She began her career working on the management teams for Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Evgeny Kissin and Lang Lang. Promoted to become IMG’s youngest vice president at age 30, Lee served for seven years as the company’s Director of Orchestral Booking. At IMG se personally managed 10 internationally recognized artists including violinists Itzhak Perlman and Nicola Benedetti, pianist Simon Trpceski, cellist Johannes Moser, and several conductors including Cristian Măcelaru, Julian Kuerti and Joana Carneiro.
Lee’s passion for music originated from the age of 4, when she picked up her first violin. By age 17, she had performed at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium as concertmaster of the New Jersey Youth Symphony and in recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Lee holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated cum laude in 1998 with a B.A. in Music and a B.A. in Plan II, U-T’s Liberal Arts Honors Program. At U-T Austin, she served as assistant concertmaster of the UT Symphony Orchestra in performances with guest artists including Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Bobby McFerrin and Marvin Hamlisch. She studied at U-T with Vincent Frittelli (a former Ivan Galamian pupil) and participated in masterclasses with Dorothy DeLay.
Lee regularly serves as juror at various competitions and gives lectures about the music business at universities and conservatories in North America. She has appeared on various radio shows including NPR’s “From the Top” and WQXR, the most listened-to classical-music station in the United States.
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