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    Seunghee Lee

    Exquisite Clarinetist

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    Seunghee Lee

    Exquisite Clarinetist

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    Seunghee Lee

    Exquisite Clarinetist


"The music dazzles… completely original due to the unique voice of Lee’s clarinet."

Applauded as “brilliant” by Fanfare Magazine and “outstanding” by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, classical music critics the world over have praised Seunghee Lee’s expressive playing style; masterful technical skill; and sultry, nuanced tone.

Her debut album Brava was released by Summit Records in 2000 and saw Lee hailed as one of the ‘Top 30 Classical Stars Under 30’ by San Francisco’s KDFC radio. Her second album Embrace, released by Summit Records in 2011, beautifully showcased the clarinet’s versatility with a range of surprising selections, and soared up the HMV Classical Charts in Hong Kong to number 4.

At the 2013 International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Assisi, Italy, Lee premiered her latest arrangements from her newest album Hidden Treasures to a warm welcome. Hidden Treasures, independently released by the artist, available through iTunes, Amazon and many other internet outlets, will see Lee continue to broaden the clarinet’s repertoire by arranging and recording some of the most heart-warming classical compositions originally written for voice, strings and piano.

Born in Seoul and raised in Chicago, Lee received her Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, under the tutelage of Charles Neidich and Eli Eban and her Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music with David Shifrin. She has graced the stages of many prestigious venues, including the Chicago Cultural Center with the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series, and the Powell Symphony Hall of Saint Louis; and as a soloist, has performed with the Saint Louis Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra of Korea, and the Jupiter Symphony of New York. Lee’s numerous competition wins include first prize at the International Clarinet Association Competition, the Saint Louis Symphony Young Artist Competition, the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, and the Yale Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition.

Also a passionate and highly skilled golfer, Lee’s natural tenacity and talent have seen her achieve a single-digit handicap within two years since setting foot on a golf course in HK. Lee recently spoke at TEDx Hong Kong about the surprising similarities between golf and music, and the mental challenges of viewing both skills through the lens of a perfectionist.


"Brilliant clarinetist"

by the Fanfare Magazine


“This is simply a beautiful CD. I find myself carried away by the arrangements and never get tired of listening to it.”
Hidden Treasures

Hidden Treasures

Seunghee Lee



Summit Records



Summit Records

"Now here is a talent... amazing expressive capabilities… positively lovely.."



"This is a magnificent collection to own"

Encore Music

In the press

  • Combining Talents| HK Golfer Magazine
    Sunny's first passion is classical music, an art in which she has excelled. After learning to play the clarinet at the age of 12, Sunny graduated from the Eastman School of Music and then completed a master's degree and artist diploma programme at Yale University, where she tutored by a number of the genre's greats. Touring extensively – from the Hollywood Bowl to Osaka's Symphony Hall – Sunny was selected in 1990 as one of three clarinetists to represent the United States in the American-Soviet Youth Orchestra World Tour, which took her to Moscow and to venues throughout Europe.
  • The Morning Brew with Phil Whelan
    We meet the muti talented Korean virtuoso clarinettist and...golfer with a single digit handicap (as opposed to most musicians who's "other" job involves asking if you'd like fries with that shake), Seunghee Lee. She's just released her third CD; "Hidden Treasures".

"...wave upon wave of limpid
sound flows from her clarinet...
of exquisite plangency"


"…an uncompromising soloist, destined to be an upcoming contender of top stature."

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