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Karen Lee Bechert's Violin Website

Karen Lee Bechert

Karen Lee, M.D., M.P.H., started the violin at the age of four and was a laureate in the Sir Yehudi Menuhin International Competition in England and the Paganini International Competition in Italy, as well as a silver medalist in the Stulberg International String Competition. Her works can be previewed at She received first place in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, and the regional WAMSO Competition. She was also the youngest winner of the YPSCA Competition of the MN Orchestra. Other prizes included 1st Prize in the Providence Journal Music Competition, 1st Prize in the Schubert Club and Thursday Musical Competitions of MN. She has appeared as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, the City of London Sinfonia, the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, and many others. As a recitalist, she has played in Jordan Hall, the Gardner Museum, Honan-Allston Public Library (MA) and the Janet Wallace Auditorium. She was featured on Minnesota Public Radio, (MPR), WQXR NYC's McGraw Hill's "Young Artist Showcase,"and performed in the National String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center as a teenager. She has been featured on the nationally syndicated TV show, CBS “Sunday Morning” in a feature entitled “Music and Medicine” and appeared in a Schubert Club program which featured speaker Dr. Timothy Johnson from ABC News. Dr. Lee also appeared as a guest Artist and Instructor at Northeastern University, Boston, performing the Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1, and as a soloist with the Minnesota Sinfonia.

For over ten years, she temporarily gave up music to obtain a degree in medicine and is currently a board-certified geriatrician and primary care physician. As a medical filmmaker, she has produced patient education programs in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health. Dr. Lee was awarded the 20th Annual 2009 Aegis Video and Film Production Award, the video industry's premier competition for peer recognition of outstanding video productions and non-network TV commercials.

Her degrees include an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, a B.A. in Biology and M.P.H. from Harvard University, and a M.D. from the University of MN Medical School. Dr. Lee obtained fellowship training in geriatric medicine at Harvard Medical School.