Winner of the 2022 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Korean-Canadian conductor Earl Lee has captivated audiences worldwide. Currently assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony, he joined the Ann Arbor Symphony as music director beginning this season. Recent highlights include the Seoul Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic’s Lunar New Year Gala, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, and Concertgebouw Orchestra. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in February 2022.
As a cellist, Mr. Lee has performed at major festivals and has toured with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Musicians from Marlboro, Gary Burton, Chick Corea, and as a guest member of the Harlem String Quartet.
Mr. Lee earned degrees in cello from the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School and in conducting from the Manhattan School of Music and New England Conservatory. He received the 50th Anniversary Heinz Unger Award from the Ontario Arts Council in 2018 and a Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award in 2021. He was awarded a Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Scholarship by Kurt Masur, as well as the Ansbacher Fellowship by the American Austrian Foundation and members of the Vienna Philharmonic. He lives in New York with his wife and their daughter.