Born into a musical family, Alicia Lee grew up in Michigan, where she began playing violin and piano at the age of 5 and eventually switched to clarinet at the age of 12.
She maintains a busy freelance career throughout New York City, performing and touring regularly with a variety of groups, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Knights, NOVUS, and ACME. She also performs frequently as a substitute in the orchestra for the Broadway show “The King and I.”
She has performed at the Lucerne, Spoleto (Italy and US), Yellow Barn, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Marlboro, and Bay Chamber music festivals.
She is a founding member of Decoda and currently works as their operations manager. During the 2015-16 season, she will perform with Decoda at Pensacola college, Depauw university, Gettysburg college, as well as leading workshops and residencies in Mexico and the United Kingdom. She is also on faculty at the Decoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute.
Ms. Lee was formerly the associate principal and E-flat clarinet player of the Santa Barbara Symphony, a position she held for seven seasons. She also performed as solo bass clarinetist of the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway during the 2013-14 season. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French Language and Literature from Columbia University, and pursued musical studies at The Juilliard School Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima as a part of the Columbia-Juilliard exchange program. She earned additional degrees from the University of Southern California and The Colburn School, where she was a student of Yehuda Gilad.