Uncompromising in both talent and tenacity, recording artist Seunghee Lee is applauded for her expressive playing style; masterful technical skill; and silky, nuanced tone. At her core, Seunghee is passionate about using her music to bring comfort and healing to those silently suffering from tragic violence in the world.
Lee is the founder of Concert for Cause, an intimate home-concert series dedicated to shine a light on current humanitarian issues. Lee believes that each individual can contribute to the betterment of our society and she is devoted to use the power of music as a catalyst to awaken the goodness and the philanthropic hearts inside everyone; making a difference, one concert at a time.
Lee's debut album Brava was produced by multi-Grammy Award winning producer Joanna Nickrenz along with a legendary recording engineer Marc Aubort of Elite Recordings, New York City. Upon it's release through Summit Records in 2000, Lee was highlighted as one of ‘Top 30 Classical Stars Under 30’ by San Francisco’s KDFC radio!
After devoting her time in motherhood, Lee returned back to recording and produced her second album Embrace, released in 2011 through Summit Records. Embrace beautifully showcases the clarinet’s versatility as she aims to broaden the clarinet’s repertoire by making premiere recordings of some of the most heart-warming classical compositions originally written for voice, strings and piano. With a range of surprising selections on this 18 track album, Embrace climbed up HMV Classical Charts in Hong Kong to number 4.
Breaking away from the traditional path, Lee's third album, Hidden Treasures was independently released under her own label, Musica Solis Limited, via CD Baby in 2014 and achieved even greater heights by climbing to number 2 on Hong Kong Records’ Top 10 Classical and Jazz Charts and staying on the top 10 charts for 10 consecutive weeks! Hidden Treasures has gained worldwide recognition through numerous airplays on major radio stations around the world and was featured as "CD of the Week" at KDFC (San Francisco), WSCL (Maryland), Singapore's Symphony 92.4 and as well as at Fine Music Radio in Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA!
Through Musica Solis, Lee aims to guide and assist other classical musicians produce and release one's music independently without limitations on artist's rights and their vision.
Lee received her Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, studied with 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 has appeared as soloist with various orchestras including the Saint Louis Symphony.
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. Lee 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.
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In the press
The connection between the worlds of classical concert music and film scores is well established - not surprisingly given the classical training of most noted composers for the screen. The featured soloist in the "Concert for Cause Gala - Timeless Masterpieces of Cinema Music" performance, which marks Andrea Morricone's Asia debut, is clarinetist Seunghee Lee.Lee is also the founder of the "Concert for Cause" series, which began four years ago with lower profile events in support of Hong Kong charities that are, as she puts it, "making a difference, one concert at a time".
Andrea Morricone, the co-creator of the immortal love theme from Cinema Paradiso, will conduct a concert featuring clarinetist Seunghee Lee tonight, in aid of distressed and disadvantaged people. Chitralekha Basu reports.
There is a hidden place in our soul where the deepest desires lie. The dreams, that maybe have not yet taken shape, nor an idea of direction, but nonetheless they are there, pushing to take flight. To give wings to these dreams, one “must persevere, believe in them and work hard, so that they will materialize.” -BY LUCIA MARUZELLI/Mind the Gap HK
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 program at the Yale School of Music. Touring extensively – from St. Petersburg to Hollywood Bowl – Sunny was selected as one of three clarinetists to represent the United States in the 1990 American-Soviet Youth Orchestra World Tour, which took her to Moscow and to prestigious venues throughout Europe and across the U.S. including a performance at the West Lawn of the White House.