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Gyu-Seo Lee _ Lotte Concert Hall ⓒ 2019. Shin-joong Kim

   ⓒ Shin-joong Kim / Lotte Concert Hall

Gyu-Seo Lee ⓒ2021. Korean National Symphony Orchestra

   ⓒ Korean National Symphony Orchestra 국립심포니오케스트라

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"It is surprising to hear such a convincing Beethoven Symphony
rom this young Korean conductor. ... Lee has everything in his grip and
the orchestra follows him enthusiastically." - Harri Kuusisaari, Music critic,
in-Chief of Music magazine Rondo Classic


"He simply conducts, but always enough." - Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Conductor

"Lee proved again to be an accomplished designer in dealing with
the romantic repertoire." - Wesfälische Nachrichten
, Germany


Vienna-based conductor Daniel Gyu-seo Lee was born in Seoul. After his study at the Seoul National University, he moved to Vienna and completed his postgraduate study at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He was also selected from historic Accademia musicale Chigiana and became a pupil of Maestro Daniele Gatti. He has conducted the Wiener Symphoniker, the Danish Radio Symphony, the Korean National Symphony Orchestras and many others. Last summer, he made his opera debut at the Siena International Music Festival with Rossini «Il signor Bruschino» stage directed by Lorenzo Mariani.


He was nominated to many prominent conducting competitions such as Malko, Rachmaninoff Competitions and recently he won the 2nd prize at the Caneres International Music Competition. Since 2014, as Artistic Director of the Orchestral Ensemble Seoul which he founded himself, has attracted attention on the Far-Eastern stage. In 2020, the OES was designated as the Governmental Arts Organization by the Seoul City. From 2018 to 2022, Lee and OES worked on the complete Beethoven Symphony & Piano Concerto cycle with prestigious artists at the Seoul Arts Center.


He is also holding the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Seoul Soloists from 21/22 season. Furthermore, he is actively having masterclasses for younger protégés and youth orchestras through institutions like Steinway & Sons Korea and the Seoul Arts High School. A recording artist for NCM Klassik, recent releases include Mozart Symphony No.29(2018) and Beethoven Symphony No.3(2022), all with the OES.


Lee started the violin at the age of 5 and served a youth orchestra in his town as a concertmaster for a decade. In Seoul, he studied conducting with Prof. Hun-joung Lim and received Masters degree under Prof. Yun-sung Chang. In Vienna, he studied with Prof. Simeon Pironkoff. He has also benefited from the guidance of Marin Alsop, Tadaaki Otaka, David Robertson, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Marc Piollet and Johannes Prinz(Artistic Director of the Wiener Singverein.) He is the recipient of the Award for the Remarkable Artist of the Year(2018) awarded by the Committee of Korean Arts Critics.

OES Beethoven Series atSAC ⓒShin-joong Kim


 review & interviews

Andrés Orozco-Estrada

"An example of good conducting.
He simply conducts, but always enough."

Andrés Orozco-Estrada


Westfaelische Nachrichten

"Lee proved again to be an accomplished designer in dealing with the romantic repertoire."

Westfälische Nachrichten

German Daily Press

Harri Kuusisaari with Sir Simon Rattle.png

"It is surprised to hear such a convincing Beethoven Symphony from this young conductor. ... Lee has everything in his grip and the orchestra follows him enthusiastically."

Harri Kuusisaari

Music Critic, Editor-in-chief of Music Magazine Rondo Classic

Korea Daily 중앙일보

Go to interview (only in Korean)


beethoven symphony no. 3 «Eroica» / oes [label: ncm classic]

OES/Lee Beethoven Symphony No. 3 [NCM Klassik]


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   Lee with the National Contemporary Music Orchestra  ⓒ 2019. National Gugak Center

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