Mon-Puo Lee

Mon-Puo Lee, cello (Madrid, Spain), was born into an artistic Taiwanese family and soon started to play the cello. He became a student at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia under Natalia Shakhovskaya and Ivan Monighetti, and then continued his studies in the university of the arts of Berlin under Jens Petter Maintz.

As an international competition prizewinning cellist he won the 1st prize at the VII Karl Davydov competition, 3rd prize at the International Brahms Competition, 1st prize in the International Pedro Bote competition, 1st prize in the Llanes cello competition and 2nd prize in the Isang Yun International Cello Competition in Tongyeong, South Korea. In the same year he was awarded with the 1st prize in the International Chamber music Bacewicz competition as a cello/ piano duo. His success followed by the 3rd Prize in the Enescu Competition in Romania, the best interpretations of Bach in the 2018 Khachaturian Competition, the 29th Chimei award for the arts, and the 5th prize in the Schoenfeld Competition in Harbin (China).

He is invited regularly to play chamber music in Festivals and projects. Currently he is playing in the Kelemen Quartet, and his chamber music partners have included Guy Braunstein, Vilde Frang, Clara Jumi Kang, and Andreas Ottensamer.

He currently performs on a cello made by Ruggieri (1696).

Outside music, Mon-Puo practices Ashtanga Yoga regularly. Previous Yellow Barn musician (2021)