The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced the appointment of PRISCILLA LEE as associate principal cello, and SOCRATES VILLEGAS as second clarinet. Named to a one-year appointment as acting fourth horn was ANGELA BILGER.
Priscilla Lee has served as principal cello with Opera Philadelphia and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. A 2005 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Lee was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program from 2006 to 2009. She has participated in the Marlboro, Santa Fe, and Seattle chamber music festivals, among others, and was a founding member of Trio Cavatina, winner of the Naumburg International Competition in 2009. Lee earned a master’s degree from New York’s Mannes College of Music following studies at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and the Curtis Institute of Music.
Socrates Villegas, a native of Mexico, was previously principal clarinet with the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM and Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria, both in Mexico City. He has also held posts with Mexico’s Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco and Orchestra Filarmónica de Toluca, and with the Orchestre de la Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. Villegas holds a master’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, a certificate from France’s Versailles Conservatory, and a bachelor’s degree from the National Conservatory in Mexico City.
Posted September 26, 2016
Priscilla Lee photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Orchestra