Eddie Lee, Raytown High School, Class of 1974
Eddie Lee is a 1974 graduate of Raytown High. He studied at the Conservatory of Music Preparatory School while in the Raytown Schools. He received his Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory of Music and a Masters from Kharkov National Conservatory of Music where he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in 1997.
In 1979, The Volpe Foundation presented Mr. Lee with the Piatigorsky Fellowship Prize. He received the “Pablo Casals Memorial Award” from the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and the N.Y.C. Competition “East-West” award in 1981 and was the winner of the Young Concert Artist in 1982. He is also the recipient of the Sarah Lawrence College “Artists-in-Residence” award. In Korea, he was awarded “Musician of the Year” in 1989, and in 1996 was honored by the Music Association of Korea as “Musician of the Year”.
Mr. Lee has been recognized internationally as one of the leading Concert Repertory Anthologists, currently presenting its 34th consecutive year of Cello Repertory Music Concerts. He is the artistic director for Korea Cello Research Institute and the winner of the New York City “Artist International” award.
As orchestra director and ensemble leader, in 2012, Eddie was appointed the Artistic Advisor Chair to the U.S.P. (Ulsan Sinfonia Players) Chamber Orchestra and since November 2014, he has served as the U.S. P. music director. This chamber orchestra is a professional ensemble under the trusteeship of the Hyundai Heavy Industries Company and the University of Ulsan, College of Music.
Today Mr. Lee is recognized as one of the world’s leading concert anthologists of the cello repertory for his performances and recordings of Russian and Soviet compositions. He resides in South Korea where he is also an active chamber musician, serving as solo cellist of the Seoul Baroque Ensemble, May Piano Quartet, Gallery Chamber Players, and the Korean Chamber Society. As a soloist, he has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.