Christopher Lee – clarinet
Conductor/Clarinetist, Christopher Lee completed his Master’s degree at Juilliard School where he received Bachelor’s degree on Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship and Eve Lyndlemarch Scholarship. He has studied with the renowned clarinetist Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima at The Juilliard School. Christopher has won the first and grand prizes at many competitions such as Korean Clarinet Competition, Vancouver Burnaby Clef Society Competition, Vancouver Academy of Music Competition, Korean Young Artist Competition and more. He was invited to perform and received the certificate at the 5th Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition in Odense.
Christopher had been appointed as a principal clarinet of National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Canada, Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, and “VAM” Symphony Orchestra while giving out concerts tour in 12 different cities in North America. For his outstanding musicality, he was selected for “Award of Excellence” with a $5,000 scholarship in NYOC. He has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras including Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, Pilgrim Orchestra, The Korean Clarinet Orchestra at Seoul Art Center in South Korea and Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. After his successful performance with VSO, they invited him again to perform for their annual outdoor concert at the Deer Lake Park in Canada that attracts more than 10,000 concertgoers every year.
In 2010, he had been appointed as an executive director of “First Steps Benefit Concert Series” in Vancouver, which has raised approximately $30,000 per concert a year since 2009 at their annual concert benefiting the children in North Korea. He continues to organize such benefit concert series every year with Jireh Clarinet Ensemble and Jireh Chamber Orchestra to fundraise for the charity societies in Vancouver.
Christopher is currently principal clarinet of Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra and occasionally performs with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, and Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. Also, he is a member of Cascadia Reed Quintet made up of top woodwind players from Vancouver BC area with a collected background. He is also devoted to teaching and conducting, he joined the clarinet faculty of Vancouver Academy of Music since (S.K Lee College) 2014 and he is the artistic director of “Jireh Music & Performing Art” and “Vancouver Korean Presbyterian Church’s Choir”.