Conductor - TaeJung Lee


"TaeJung Lee is a very talented and excellent conductor with exceeding individual skills and outstanding musicality!"
  - Zubin Mehta

"He is a remarkable young conductor with fantastic baton technique!"
  - Sir Simon Rattle

"A highly-talented conductor!"
  - Bertrand de Billy

Highly successful both in the operatic and symphonic field, TaeJung Lee is quickly gaining the reputation as an inspiring and profound musician and has led various orchestras and ensembles – ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna (RSO Wien), Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Porto National Symphony Orchestra, Slovenian National Theatre Maribor, Duvrobnik Symphony Orchestra, Banatul State Philharmonic Orchestra Timisoara, Philharmonia Corea, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Sinfonie Orchestra Wien, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Baden, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, OENM (Österreichsches Ensemble für Neue Musik), Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, Detmold Musikhochschule Orchester, Gwacheon Symphony Orchestra, Joy Symphony Orchestra and Korea National Music University Orchestra.

In June 2013, he conducted again the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna (RSO Wien) at the golden hall of Musikverein in Vienna and in the season of 2013/2014, he marked his conducting debut with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra in the Cankrarjev Dom, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra for the Verdi&Wagner matinee concert in Seoul, Korea and, also, two subscription concerts with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra (solist: Anne Gastinel) in the National Opera Theatre Sarajevo. At the Festival Maribor, he made his first appearance conducting the Symphony Orchestra of the Slovenian National Theatre Maribor for the Robert Kamplet´s piano concerto premiere and this concert was broadcast on the European Broadcasting Union. At the concert in collaboration with the cultural association Korea-Romania, he premiered the orchestral works by korean composers with the Banatul State Philharmonic Orchestra Timisoara in Europe. In 2015, he returned to conduct the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra (Solists: Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway), the Symphony Orchestra of the Slovenian National Theatre Maribor, and he also led concerts with the Korea Coop Orchestra, the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra. In October 2015, he appeared at the final concert of the World Music Days 2015 with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, organized by The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). Working closely with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, recently, he finished to make the cd recording projects for contemporary music and in 2018, he will make his debut concert at the Rijeka Opera House.

His opera achievements include the performances of "L'elisir D'amore" by Donizetti, "Die Fledermaus" by J. Strauss II, "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" by Mozart, "the Telephone or L'amour a trois" by Menotti and "L'anima del Filosofo ossia Orfeo ed Euridice" by J. Haydn. Especially, he conducted the new opera by Herbert von Lauermann, "Die Höhle von Salamanca (the second edition)" with the orchestra musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra and the Tonkünstler-orchestra Niederösterreich at the Gläserner Saal of Vienna Musikverein. Between 2008 and 2009, he served as assistant conductor to Niels Muus at the Steyr Music Festival in Austria and, conducted "Madama Butterfly" by G. Puccini and "Carmen" by G. Bizet to great critical acclaim. As assistant conductor to Bertrand de Billy and Studienleiter, he worked for Paul Hindemith ́s "Mathis der Maler" (staged by Keith Warner) and Verdi’s “Macbeth” (staged by Roland Geyer) at the Theater an der Wien with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Chorus and Arnold Schoenberg Chorus. In 2015, he assisted Constantin Trinks for "Walküre" concertante performance with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea. At the Seoul Opera Festival in 2016/17, he conducted the Verdi gala concert and Mozart’s “Cosi fan Tutte”.

In the field of opera, he has worked with many renowned singers like Placido Domingo, Franz Gundheber, Wolfgang Koch, Daniel Schmutzhard, Kurt Streit, Roberto Frontali, Sebastian Holececk, Manuela Uhl, Roy Cornelius Smith, George Petean, Akiko Nakajima, Raymond Very, Charles Reid, Arturo Chacon-Cruz, Heidi Brunner, Katerina Tretyakova and Clemens Unterreiner, etc.

TaeJung Lee studied conducting in the International Summer Academy of Mozarteum in Salzburg with Johannes Kalitzke and took part in the conducting masterclasses with many renowned Maestros in this world - Zubin Mehta, Sir SimonRattle, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Myung-Whun Chung, Jorma Panula and Toyama Yuzo. One of the outstanding features was "Tristan und Isolde" by R. Wagner at the conducting masterclass with Sir Simon Rattle who praised him highly.

Born in Seoul Korea, TaeJung Lee, after studies of the piano at the Seoul Arts High School, he started taking orchestral conducting with Chi-Yong Chung and chamber music with Myung-Wha Chung at the Korea National University of Arts, the School of Music. He came to Vienna in 2005 where he was accepted in the master class of Uros Lajovic at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, completing his degree with honors and a guest conducting engagement with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna (RSO Wien) at the Vienna Musikverein. He finished also the postgraduate conducting program at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna under Fabio Luisi, Bertrand de Billy and Uros Lajovic.

TaeJung Lee's repertoire spans a broad spectrum from Mozart to Mahler, as well as many contemporary works, but he has a particular affinity with the late Romantic period and opera repertoire.

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Short Profile

NameLee, TaeJung
Born inSouth Korea, Asia
Home LocationVienna, Austria
Main languageKorean
Additional languages English,  German 
attended UniversitiesUniversity of Music and Performing Arts Vienna & Korea National Universtiy of Arts
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"The fascinating feast for the great overtures!"
2014-01-01, Seoul
(Mr. Park, Jae-Sung from the SPO - the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Monthly Magazine)
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