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About Maestro Eugene Lee



Music is not an entertainment; it is a way of worship to God.

-- Eugene Lee --



Maestro Eugene Lee, conductor, was born in Seoul, South Korea. His career includes serving as a composer, conductor, arranger, music educator, columnist, and artist management planner. Eugene Lee has been called The Little Giant - one of the most exciting conductors who has come into the spotlight in our time - by the Gwinnett Daily Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Korean Journal. Mr. Lee began his career as a church music composer at age 14. He became the choral conductor at Yoido Full Gospel Church, at the age of 14, the worlds largest church, which consists of 700,000 congregation members. By the time he was 24 years old, he had conducted over 100 concerts in Korea, Japan, Israel, and Egypt with his own chorus, Do-Sol Concert Choir, and chamber orchestra. Furthermore, he has been profiled on national and international television including NPR and KTN-TV in Atlanta, GA. He obtained a Master of Music degree (MM) from Georgia State University. Lee is a member of Georgia Music Education Association (GMEA) and The Conductor Guild. He has been invited multiple times as a Judge and a Monitor Committee by the All State Orchestra Audition in Georgia.

As he celebrates the Fifteenth season as the Artistic Director of the New Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Atlanta Youth Orchestra, he has been recognized for his dynamic leadership, distinguished musicality, and incredibly wide orchestra repertoire. Additionally, he has been serving as the Artistic Director of Copland Philharmonic since 2009, and is a founder of the Carlton Institute, which opened in Atlanta, Georgia in August 2010. He conducted many master works, symphonies, oratorios, masses, ballets, and operas. He succeeded and acclaimed at conducting through the master cycles with the New Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra such as: Beethoven Symphonies, Brahms Symphonies, Schumann Symphonies, Mendelssohn Symphonies, Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Handels Messiah, Haydns Creations, Mendelssohn and Elijah, Mozarts Requiem, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker, Tchaikovskys Swan Lake, Tchaikovskys Sleeping Beauty.

                Since 2009, Lee appeared in Eastern Europe as a guest conductor.  He conducted the Zabrze Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland and Kiev Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra in 2010. He also conducted the Ploisti Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania in 2011.In the United States, he has been conducting the Atlanta Clark University Orchestra, Morehouse College, and Spellman Womens College since 2007. He worked as a graduate assistant conductor under Maestro Michael Palmer at the Georgia State University Orchestra from 2006 to 2008. Maestro Palmer was an associate conductor of the Atlanta Symphony and the Artistic Director of the New Haven Symphony. In 2001, he founded the Peach Prime Orchestra, which consists of professional members from Atlanta, and the New Atlanta Youth Orchestra under the NAPO in 2002.

Mr. Lee has had six composition recitals, featuring contemporary music since 1990. His dedication to the development and performance of new works by contemporary composers and various genres of music is demonstrated in his concerts. Since 1998, he has been invited by many public high schools and youth orchestras to teach an orchestral clinic program every year.

Also, Maestro Lee has many premier pieces: David Sampson Tuba Concerto (USA), Vaughn Williams Tuba Concerto (USA), The 13 Etudes for Orchestra by Sylvia Constantinidis (Europe), Arirang (USA), etc. Since the fall of 2010, at the Clark University Orchestra, in collaboration with violinist Kenn Wagner from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Lee, and the orchestra have presented several extraordinary concerts with works by African-American composers and other composers of African descent. He gave the Atlanta premiere of Samuel Coleridge Taylors Violin Concerto, a center-wide premiere of William Grant Stills Violin Suite. On their 15th Anniversary Concert, the orchestra made the center-wide premiere of Samuel Coleridge Taylors Romance for Violin in G and performed William Grant Stills famous AfroAmerican Symphony. This concert was broadcasted live on Atlantas CNN TV Station. Also, Lee conducted Kopis Piano Concerto as World premier at Ray Charles Hall in Atlanta, 2014.

He was invited as a guest conductor at JC 2000FESTIVAL, 1996 in Israel, the String and Bow Festival, 1998 in Korea, Memorial Concert for the 9/11 victims in 2001 and 2002 in Atlanta, the Centennial concert for the Korean-American Immigration in 2003 in Atlanta, Mozarts 250th Death Anniversary concert, 2006 in Atlanta, and the Asian Heritage Festival, 2005-2008 in Atlanta.

He was awarded the first prize at the 25th NANPA Music Competition during which he conducted many orchestras. In addition, he became a renowned music critic and composer. Lee was awarded the Best Conductor from The Michael Palmer International Conducting Workshop, 2007 in Atlanta. He was awarded The Critic of the Year 2001 from the SE Korean-American Association Coalition, and received Leader of the Year award from the Atlanta Korean–American Youth center. He also received a special scholarship from the Korean-American Scholarship Foundation in 2007, and he was invited as a member of the Golden Key Club at Georgia State University in 2008.




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