Classical saxophonist Wonki Lee, feeling equally at home in traditional and contemporary repertoire, distinguished himself as a winner of the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition in United States as well as becoming the first Korean saxophonist selected as a semi-finalist in the Adolphe Sax International Competition in Belgium.
As a soloist, Mr. Lee has given recitals and solo performances in the United States and Asia. After making his Carnegie Weill Recital Hall debut premiering a new composition for soprano saxophone and piano, Mr. Lee contributed to the addition of three new saxophone concertos. He premiered piano-redacted version of the saxophone concerto Sull’ala by Susan Botti, and the saxophone concertos by Thiago Tiberio and Avner Finberg are written for him.
In addition to solo performances, Mr. Lee is an avid orchestral saxophonist. He has collaborated with numerous conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, and Philippe Entremont. Recently he appeared with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra led by Eiji Oue as they launched their 100th Anniversary World Tour at Alice Tully Hall. He has also appeared in orchestras such as the New World Symphony Orchestra, and the Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra.
Born in 1989 to Korean parents living in Tokyo, Mr. Lee began to study the saxophone at age thirteen and soon moved to New York City where he received his training at Manhattan School of Music with Dr. Paul Cohen.
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