Yoon Jae Lee enjoys a multifaceted career as conductor, arranger, pianist, and musical entrepreneur. As Founder & Artistic Director of Ensemble 212, Mo. Lee has built the New York based orchestra into one of today’s finest young ensembles. Together they have received critical acclaim for innovative programming featuring works by living composers, arrangements of Mo. Lee, and exciting interpretations of the standard repertoire. Mo. Lee is a dedicated champion of new music. He has conducted numerous New York and world premieres of works by award-winning composers including Mohammed Fairouz’s Tahrir, Akhnaten, Symphony No. 3 “Poems & Prayers”, Huang Ruo’s Path of Echoes: Chamber Symphony No. 1, Daniel Felsenfeld’s Insomnia Redux and Busmeat. This season, he is collaborating with emerging composer Ke-Chia Chen as part of Ensemble 212’s Composer in Residence program. His list of appearances as guest conductor include the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Opera on Tap, New England Conservatory and has collaborated with distinguished artists including Nick Canellakis, D’Anna Fortunato, David Krakauer, members of the Attacca, Borromeo, Orion String Quartets, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Mo. Lee’s arrangements have been praised by audiences and critics alike. The New York Times described his chamber version of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony as “Illuminating…..with solos leaping out in unusually bold detail.” His orchestral transcription of Mendelssohn’s Octet “incorporated winds and brass…..intelligently”, claimed David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer when performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has arranged several Mahler symphonies as well as Das Lied von der Erde and his recently completed orchestral reduction of Mahler’s Second Symphony will receive its premiere in March 2014.
A native of New York City, Mo. Lee began musical studies on the violin and piano. At age 17, he began his conducting career, receiving degrees in piano and conducting from the Mannes College of Music where he was awarded the N. T. Milani Memorial Conducting Fellowship and the Peter M. Gross Fund. Mo. Lee also studied at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria. During that time he served as Assistant Conductor to the Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie. His conducting mentors include Dennis Russell Davies, David Zinman Samuel Wong, David Hayes, Michael Charry, Murry Sidlin, and Arkady Leytush. Mo. Lee has participated in Kurt Masur’s conducting masterclass, the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute led by his keen interest in historical performance practice. He currently serves on the faculty at City College of New York (CUNY) where he is Music Director of the City College Symphony Orchestra.
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