Kenny Lee

Kenny Lee

Adjunct Professor

Cellist and Conductor Kenny Lee has concertized throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in venues such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, and the Eastman Kodak Theatre. His former students have been accepted to the Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute, and Peabody Conservatory.

  • Doctor of Musical Arts (ABD), New England Conservatory
  • Graduate Performance Diploma, New England Conservatory
  • Master of Music, New England Conservatory
  • Bachelor of Music, Eastman School of Music

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Course Sampling

  • Instrumental Conducting I & II

Areas of Expertise

  • Cello Performance
  • Orchestral Conducting
  • Chamber Music

Biography

AKorean-American cellist and conductor Kenny Lee has been praised for his "lyricism, drive, tenderness, and passion" (The Times Argus). He has concertized throughout North America, Europe and Asia as a recitalist and a chamber musician. He has won top prizes at the New York International Artists Competition, Hudson Valley String Competition, Borromeo Guest Artist Competition, Eastman Concerto Competition and New England Conservatory Honors Chamber Music Competition as a founding member of the Gioviale Quartet.

As a soloist and recitalist, he has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, Eastman Kodak Hall and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Mr. Lee has performed concertos with several eminent conductors, including with Giancarlo Guerrero, Neil Varon and William Drury. Future projects include a recording of Friedrich Gulda's Cello Concerto (to be released in 2020).

As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with world-renowned musicians including the members of the Juilliard, Borromeo and Ying Quartets, and principal players of the Berlin Philharmonic. Festival appearances have included Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Taos Chamber Music Festival and Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Him and his fiancee, Jamie Clark, are co-founders and artistic directors of the Flatirons Chamber Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado.

Mr. Lee has held teaching positions at the Phillips Exeter Academy and led masterclasses and lectures at Dartmouth College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Keene State College. His former students have been accepted to the Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute and Peabody Conservatory.

As a conductor, Mr. Lee served as music director of the Exeter Symphonia in Exeter, New Hampshire. He has appeared as a guest conductor for the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Community Orchestra, Eugene Youth Symphony and chamber ensembles at the New England Conservatory. He currently teaches orchestral conducting at Stetson University.

Mr. Lee received his Bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music with the Celentano Award in Excellence in Chamber Music and his Master degree from New England Conservatory with Honors. He is expecting his Doctoral degree from NEC this December. His mentors have included Laurence Lesser, Paul Katz, Steven Doane, Hans Jensen and Steven Pologe.

Publications

  • The Metamorphosis of a Concerto: From Manuscript to Modern Performance (2019).