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), Detmold Musikhochschule Orchester 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 Viennaand 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 and Young Peoples Concerts 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 3rd program of Radio of Slovenia, Radio Maribor and European Broadcasting Union. Most recently, 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 returns 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 will also lead concerts with the Korea Coop Orchestra, the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra. In October 2015, he will appear at the final concert of the World Music Days 2015 with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, organized by The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM).

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. In 2012, he worked as assistant conductor to Bertrand de Billy for Paul Hindemith ́s "Mathis der Maler" at the Theater an der Wien with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Slovak Philharmonic Chorus, staged by Keith Warner. In 2015, he assisted Constantin Trinks for "Walküre" concertante performance with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea.

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

TaeJung Lee studied conducting in the International Summer Academy of Mozarteum in Salzburg with Johannes Kalitzke andtook 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 theconducting 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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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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