Formed in 2016, the Francis-Lee Duo consists of University of Auckland School of Music graduates, violinist Dr Charlotte Francis and pianist Gemma Lee. Both have gained individual successes in chamber music in New Zealand and overseas, and are rapidly gaining recognition as an exciting upcoming chamber ensemble.
Charlotte Francis (Violin):
Charlotte grew up in Brisbane and began learning violin and piano from the age of five. While still at school, she formed a string quartet with her three sisters which performed extensively throughout Australia. In 2011, Charlotte commenced her Bachelor of Music in violin performance at the University of Canterbury, before moving to Auckland to complete an Honours degree at the University of Auckland.
In addition to numerous solo performances, Charlotte has performed in many ensembles throughout New Zealand including the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, as well as a number of other chamber groups.
Gemma Lee (Piano):
Born in South Korea and raised in New Zealand, Gemma completed a Master of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland. Gemma has performed extensively in venues across the United Kingdom and Europe, including at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.