GYU-SEO LEE

   ⓒ 2019. Shin-joong Kim

   ⓒ 2018. Shin-joong Kim

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"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.

PRESS

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​동네 교향악단 이끌던 소년 세계적 지휘자를 꿈꾸다

A Boy Who Was Leading A Local Symphony, Dreaming of A World-Famous Conductor

Seok Yong Chang, Chairman of the Korean Council of Arts Critics

장석용, 한국예술평론가협의회 회장

그는 정확한 메시지의 지휘 동작 뿐만 아니라 공연장을 감싸는 에너지로 연주자와 청중을 공명시킨다.

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

천상욱, 문화예술전문기자

​훌륭하게 절제된 지휘와 오케스트라에 대한 존중, 음악에 대한 존중, 그리고 솔리스트에 대한 존중... 음악가들은 그와 같은 지휘자를 위해 연주하기 원한다.

Nice understated conducting, respectful of the orchestra, respectful of the music, respectful of the soloist. Players like to play for such a conductor.

James N. Graham, Conductor & Educator

제임스 그레이엄, 지휘자 겸 교육학자

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CONCERTS

 2019/2020 Season

​공연소식 / 일정

롯데콘서트홀 2019 L 토요 콘서트 (1월)

비엔나 신년음악회 Viennese New Year's Concert

J. Strauss II Overture to Die Fledermaus

Mozart Symphony No. 25  in g minor, KV 183 (1. Mvt)

Lehár "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz" from Das Land des Lächelns

Lehár "Meine Lippen, Sie küssen so heiß from Giuditta

Lehár "Lippen schweigen" from Die lustige Witwe

J. Strauss II An der schönen blauen Donau, op. 314

J. Strauss II Unter Donner und Blitz, op. 324

J. Strauss Radetzky March, op. 228

소프라노 | 김순영 Soon Young Kim, soprano

테너 | 박지민 Ji-Min Park, tenor

연주 | 디토 오케스트라 DITTO Orchestra

10 Jan 2019

Friday 5:00pm

강북문화예술회관 Gangbuk Culture & Arts Center

2019 신년음악회 New Year's Concert

발레와 함께하는 2019 신년음악회 New Year's Concert with Ballet

Rodgers The Sound of Music

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor

Saint-Saens Carnival of the animals - Swan

Tchaikovsky Swan Lake - Valse

무용 | 김순정 발레단 Soonjung Kim Ballet Company

연주 | 강북구립 청소년 오케스트라 Gangbuk Municipal Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

춘천시립교향악단 특별연주회

2019 한국지휘자협회 지휘캠프 우수지휘자 연주회 Young Maestro's Concert 

Weber Overture to Der Freischütz

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 外

연주 | 춘천시립교향악단 Chuncheon Philharmonic Orchestra

오케스트라 앙상블 서울 OES의 베토벤 교향곡 2 & 4번 Beethoven Cycle <2018-2020> Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4

베토벤 시리즈 Beethoven Series II (2018-2020) 

Beethoven Symphony No. 4 in B-flat, Op. 60
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 19
Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36

피아노 | 문지영 Chloe Jiyeong Mun, piano

연주 | 오케스트라 앙상블 서울 Orchestral Ensemble Seoul

국립국악원 창작악단 기획공연 <청춘, 청어람>

최성환Sunghwan Choi 아리랑 환상곡 Arirang Fantasy

김대성Daesung Kim 대금 협주곡 "풀꽃" Daegeum Concerto

김성국Seong-guk Kim 공무도하가

협연 | 류근화 Geunhwa Ryu, Daegeum

연주 | 국립국악원 창작악단 Orchestra of the National Gugak Center

23 Mar 2019

Sunday 7:00pm

광주 유·스퀘어 문화관 금호아트홀 Kumho Art Hall in U·Square Cultural Center, Gwangju, Korea

내셔널 솔리스텐 National Solisten

창단연주회 Inaugural Concert

Mendelssohn String Symphony No. 10 in B minor, MWV N 10
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, KV 219
Schubert String Quartet in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden"

바이올린 | 이혜정 Hye Jung Lee, violin

연주 | 내셔널 솔리스텐 National Solisten

15 Apr 2019

Tuesday 2:00pm

서울대학교 미술관 Museum of Art, SNU, Korea

서울대학교 국제창작음악주간 International Music Workshop & Concert at College of Music SNU

아시아 음악대학 학장단 회의 PAMS(Pacific Alliance of Music Schools) Summit

정철헌Chulhun Chung 정취(情趣) Atmosphère

불경 | 서최선 Best Seo, Sutra Speaker

대금 | 이헌준 Hun-joon Lee, daegeum

​타악기 | 황재인 Jaein Hwang, percussion

피아노 | 전재현 Jaehyun Jeon, piano

24 Apr 2019

Thursday 7:00pm

서울대학교 음악대학 콘서트홀 Concert Hall at College of Music SNU, Korea

서울대학교 필하모닉 오케스트라 SNU Philharmonic Orchestra

정기연주회 Subscription Concert

Mozart Die Zauberflöte Overture

Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3

Weber Der Freischütz Overture

Brahms Academic Festival Overture

Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G

연주 | 서울대학교 필하모닉 오케스트라 SNU Philharmonic Orchestra

롯데콘서트홀 2019 L 토요 콘서트 (6월)

다이내믹 서울 Dynamic Seoul

​이지수Jisoo Lee Arirang Rhapsody

황호준Hojun Hwang 대금협주곡 '꿈꾸는 광대'

판소리 춘향가 중 '사랑가'

최성환SungHwan Choi 관현악곡 아리랑 Symphonic Piece 'Arirang' 外

소리 | 영열 YoungYeol Ko, vocalist

대금 | 최민 Min Choi, daegeum

연주 | 디토 오케스트라 DITTO Orchestra

2019 디토 페스티벌 - 디퍼런트 디토 DITTO Festival 2019 - Different DITTO

메시앙 그리고 최재혁 Messiaen & Jaehyuck Choi

최재혁Jaehyuck Choi Dust of Light for Ensemble (2019) *World Premiere

연주 | 디토 체임버 오케스트라 DITTO Chamber Orchestra

패밀리 클래식 - 디토 카니발 <전주>

여름방학 청소년 음악회 Young People's Concert

Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik, KV 525

Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71

Saint-Saëns Le carnaval des animaux

 

연주 | 디토 오케스트라 DITTO Orchestra

18 Jul 2019

Friday 7:30pm

창녕 문화예술회관 Culture & Arts Center, Changnyeong, Korea

패밀리 클래식 - 디토 카니발 <창녕>

여름방학 청소년 음악회 Young People's Concert

Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik, KV 525

Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71

Saint-Saëns Le carnaval des animaux

 

연주 | 디토 오케스트라 DITTO Orchestra

20 Jul 2019

Sunday 5:00pm

부산 영화의전당 Cinema Center, Busan, Korea

패밀리 클래식 - 디토 카니발 <부산>

여름방학 청소년 음악회 Young People's Concert

Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik, KV 525

Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71

Saint-Saëns Le carnaval des animaux

 

연주 | 디토 오케스트라 DITTO Orchestra

22 Aug 2019

Friday 7:30pm

속초시 문화회관 Culture Center, Sokcho, Korea

패밀리 클래식 - 디토 카니발 <속초>

여름방학 청소년 음악회 Young People's Concert

Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik, KV 525

Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71

Saint-Saëns Le carnaval des animaux

 

연주 | 디토 오케스트라 DITTO Orchestra

23 Aug 2019

Saturday 5:00pm

하남문화예술회관 Arts Center, Hanam, Korea

패밀리 클래식 - 디토 카니발 <하남>

여름방학 청소년 음악회 Young People's Concert

Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik, KV 525

Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71

Saint-Saëns Le carnaval des animaux

 

연주 | 디토 오케스트라 DITTO Orchestra

오케스트라 앙상블 서울 OES의 베토벤 교향곡 7 & 8번 Beethoven Cycle <2018-2020> Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8

베토벤 시리즈 Beethoven Series III (2018-2020) 

Beethoven Symphony No. 8 in F, Op. 93
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92

피아노 | 김태형 Tae-Hyung Kim, piano

연주 | 오케스트라 앙상블 서울 Orchestral Ensemble Seoul

내셔널 솔리스텐 National Solisten

정기연주회 Subscription Concert

Webern Langsamer Satz

Haydn Cello Concerto in C

Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

협연 | 심준호 Joon-Ho Shim, cello

연주 | 내셔널 솔리스텐 National Solisten

27 Oct 2019

Monday 8:00pm

서울대학교 음악대학 콘서트홀 Concert Hall at College of Music, SNU, Seoul, Korea

프라임필하모닉오케스트라 Prime Philharmonic Orchestra

특별연주회 Special Concert

Glinka Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila

Contemporary Works by Young Composers of SNU & DKU

연주 | 군포 프라임 필하모닉 오케스트라 Gunpo Prime Philharmonic Orchestra