Earl Lee

RBC Resident Conductor and TSYO Artistic Director & Conductor

Earl Lee

A dynamic and energetic figure on stage, Canadian musician Earl Lee pursues a diverse career both as a conductor and a cellist. Lee is currently the RBC Resident Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), and the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Lee frequently appears on the podium at Roy Thomson Hall leading the TSO, as well as makes guest conducting appearances throughout the world. Recent highlights include his South Korean début leading the Gangnam Symphony Orchestra at the Seoul Arts Center and leading the inaugural season of the Yeosu International Music Festival and Ensemble in South Korea as their Music Director & Conductor.

As a cellist, Lee toured with the acclaimed Chick Corea-Gary Burton Duo as a guest member of the Harlem String Quartet in 2012. He has also toured all over the USA as part of such ensembles as Musicians from Marlboro, and has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Caramoor Rising Stars, and Ravinia’s Steans Institute. He is currently a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), a conductor-less chamber ensemble.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School with degrees in cello, Earl began his conducting studies in 2010 with Ignat Solzhenitsyn. After receiving a master’s degree in conducting from the Manhattan School of Music in 2013, Lee continued his post-graduate conducting studies at the New England Conservatory with Hugh Wolff.

Current as of September 2017

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