Artistic Director & Chief Conductor |
"Nice understated conducting, respectful of the orchestra, respectful of the music, respectful of the solist. Players like to play for such a conductor"
- James Graham, Conductor & Educator
"He resonates the players and audiences with not only the clarified gesture
but the energy that surrounds the whole concert hall."
- Sang-Ook Chun, Arts & Culture Journalist
Hailed as a gifted conductor with refined baton technique and mature musicality, Gyu-Seo Lee is regarded as the most prominent young conductor in Korea. He studied conducting and composition at the Seoul National University. After his musical studies in Seoul, expanding his career in Europe, he moved to Vienna and start his last studies at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna from this year.
Since his overwhelming debut at the age of 22 with the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, he has been invited by most of Korea's significant orchestras on major stages. In 2018 the Committee of Korean Arts Critics named him Remarkable Artist of the Year, and Korean historical arts magazine GAEKSUK(Auditorium) chose him as the 9 conductors who will brighten up the future podium in 2019. In 2020, he was named the Rising Star representing the classical music field by magazine Noblesse.
Gyu-Seo Lee organized the Orchestral Ensemble Seoul(OES) in 2014 and has solidified its presence on the national stage. To date, he has received critical acclaim for concerts in high level, collaborating with prestigious artists such as Bomsori Kim, Yeol Eum Son, Chloe Jiyeong Mun and Zia Shin, while changing the musical landscape of Korea which has led by established big symphony orchestras. From 2018 to 2020, Lee and his orchestra are embarking upon the Complete Beethoven Symphonies & Piano Concertos Cycle, the first as a private orchestra in the Korean music history with the leading pianists at the Seoul Arts Center.
An exclusive recording artist for NCM Klassik since 2017, recent releases include Mozart Symphony No. 29 & String Serenade, and Beethoven Symphony No. 5 & Schubert Entr'acte No. 3 from Rosamunde(2021), all with the Orchestral Ensemble Seoul.
With a keen interest in discovering and highlighting potential modern music, he is also working with professional contemporary music ensembles such as Ensemble TIMF(Tongyeong Isang Yun International Music Festival) and Contemporary Music Orchestra of National Center for Music Korea. He has also committed to the activation of local chamber music through his role as Principal Guest Conductor of the National Solisten comprised of members of the Gwangju Philharmonic Orchestra from the 2019/20 season.
Moreover, he is also dedicated to social contributions through music. He has been conscious of social issues around the world, arranging charity concerts to raise awareness and funds to support humanitarian aid and human rights for children in need.
Gyu-Seo Lee first took up the violin at the age of five and made his debut as a violinist with the Seoul Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. He served as the concertmaster of his regional youth orchestra for nearly a decade, and still in his youth, he began to study conducting on his own based on his experiences as a concertmaster. At the College of Music at SNU, he studied with professor Hun-Joung Lim and received Masters degree at the same graduate school under professor YunSung Chang. In Vienna he is studying with composer-conductor Simeon Pironkoff.
ⓒ 2019. Shin-joong Kim