Festival Artist

YOON JAE LEE – conductor of the Seminar Chamber Orchestra

Yoon Jae Lee enjoys a multi-faceted career as conductor, arranger and pianist. He is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble 212, which has quickly established itself as one of today's foremost young orchestras. Mr. Lee is currently music director of the Old York Road Symphony and was recently appointed Music Director of the Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra. He has collaborated with renowned musicians including members of the Borromeo String Quartet and the Philadelphia Orchestra. As an arranger, his chamber versions of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony have been highly acclaimed. The New York Times described his Mahler arrangement as “Illuminating… with solos leaping out in unusually bold detail.” In 2009, Mr. Lee orchestrated Mendelssohn’s Octet for full orchestra for the composer’s 200th anniversary, and his new arrangement and revision of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for winds was premiered in March 2011 by Ensemble 212. A native of New York City, Mr. Lee began his musical studies on the violin and piano. At age 17, he started conducting and two years later, participated in a master class by Kurt Masur at Alice Tully Hall. He received degrees in piano and conducting from the Mannes College of Music also studied at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria. During that time, he appeared as guest conductor with the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Bruckner Orchester Linz, and served as Assistant Conductor to the Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie. Mr. Lee attended the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen under the tutelage of David Zinman and Murry Sidlin. His keen interest in Baroque performance practice led him to study at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. His principal conducting teachers include Dennis Russell Davies, Samuel Wong, David Hayes, and Michael Charry. He has served on the adjunct faculty at City College of New York (CUNY) since 2008.