PAUL YEON LEE is a Korean-American composer who is committed to writing the most poignant, eloquent, and passionate music that he can imagine. Praised for the “stormed the heavens with sweeping melodic gestures, romantic yearning” (The Washington Post), “stunning coloristic effects” (San Francisco Classical Voice), and “scintillating” (Times Herald-Record) of his compositions, Lee’s music has received many performances by various musicians throughout the United States, Europe and Asia including a renowned Gramophone Award French pianist Pascal Rogé and his wife pianist Ami Hakuno Rogé, Speculum Musicae, Del Sol String Quartet, Ne(x)tworks Ensemble, Indiana University Percussion Ensemble, Indiana University Chamber Orchestra, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Erato Chamber Orchestra, Haddonfield Symphony, Redwood Symphony, Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra and American Composers Orchestra.
A recipient of the 2011 New York City Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program and a resident composer at Flushing Town Hall, Lee has received many commissions including from American Composers Orchestra, Anthony J. Cirone (Chair of the Percussion Department at Indiana University in Bloomington), Del Sol String Quartet and Pascal Rogé. Lee has received many honors and awards including the Walter Hinrichsen Award and Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Korean Cultural Service NY fund, ACO Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Composer Workshop, Symphony in C Young Composers’ Competition, MacDowell Colony, Atlantic Center for the Arts, American Composers Alliance’s Festival of American Music, 10th Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson, New Zealand, Taranaki International Festival of the Arts in New Zealand and Cutting Edge Concerts Festival.
Lee has earned a doctorate degree (DMA) in music composition at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His principal teachers have included Leslie Bassett, Bright Sheng, William Bolcom, Pablo Furman and Allen Strange. He is a member of ASCAP and Korea Music Foundation (KMF) in New York.