Welcome to the official website of Yoon Jae Lee
 Multifaceted Conductor · Arranger · Pianist · Teaching Artist
  • Founder & Artistic Director, Ensemble 212
  • Curator of the Mahler Chamber Project
  • Principal Conductor, Albano Ballet Company
  • Former Adjunct Lecturer, City College of New York, CUNY
  • Former Visiting Instructor of Music, Haverford College (2014)

Recent News

January 2018

December 2017

  • 5 performances of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker with the Albano Ballet using my arrangement for chamber ensemble of 13 instruments.

November 2017

October 2017


Yoon Jae Lee enjoys a multifaceted career as conductor, arranger, pianist, and musical entrepreneur.  As Founder & Artistic Director of Ensemble 212, Mr. Lee has built the New York based orchestra into one of today’s finest young ensembles. Together they have received critical acclaim for innovative programming featuring works by living composers, his own arrangements, and exciting interpretations of the standard repertoire. A dedicated champion of new music, Mr. Lee has initiated a new music educational concert series aimed at introducing living composers to young audiences. He has conducted numerous New York and world premieres of works by award-winning composers including Mohammed Fairouz, Huang Ruo, Daniel Felsenfeld, Ke-Chia Chen, Texu Kim, and Nina C. Young. This season, he is collaborating with Jeffrey Mumford as part of Ensemble 212’s Composer in Residence program. Recent highlights include conducting engagements with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, the New York Classical Symphony Orchestra, the world premiere of his chamber versions of Mahler’s Third and Fifth Symphonies, and performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue as piano soloist/conductor. His arrangements have been performed in Asia, Europe, and North America including the Baltimore and Phoenix Symphony Orchestras. His list of appearances as guest conductor include the K Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Opera on Tap, New England Conservatory and has collaborated with distinguished artists including Nick Canellakis, D’Anna Fortunato, David Krakauer, Mimi Stillman, members of the Attacca, Borromeo, Orion String Quartets, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Lee was appointed Principal Conductor of the Albano Ballet Company in 2014.

Mr. Lee’s arrangements have been praised by audiences and critics alike. His orchestral transcription of Mendelssohn’s Octet “Incorporated winds and brass…..intelligently”, claimed David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The New York Times described his chamber version of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony as “Illuminating….. with solos leaping out in unusually bold detail.” He is currently engaged in “The Mahler Chamber Project” to arrange all the symphonies and Das Lied von der Erde for chamber orchestra.

A native of New York City, Mr. Lee is a second-generation Korean-American.  He received degrees in piano and conducting from the Mannes School of Music where he was awarded the N. T. Milani Memorial Conducting Fellowship and the Peter M. Gross Fund. Mr. Lee also studied at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria.  During that time, he served as Assistant Conductor to the Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie.  His conducting mentors include Dennis Russell Davies, David Zinman, Samuel Wong, David Hayes, Michael Charry, Murry Sidlin, and Arkady Leytush.

Mr. Lee has participated in Kurt Masur’s conducting masterclass, the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute led by his keen interest in historical performance practice.  He maintains a private teaching studio in New York where he resides.


Teaching and Private instruction

As a professional musician with over 14 years of teaching experience, I offer private instruction in conducting, piano, violin, viola, theory / ear training,  and arranging / orchestration in my studio located in Midtown Manhattan or at your home (if you are located within 15 km reach and accessible by public transportation). I also offer lessons online to select students.

As a pianist, I am a Steinway education partner and I offer my students an opportunity to perform in my studio recitals twice a year at Steinway Hall. Lessons are available in 45 or 60 minute sessions. In rare instances, I offer 30 minute lessons to young beginners at my studio location or online only.

Lessons may be scheduled by appointment. Please contact me at 201 383 2702 or yjlconductor@gmail.com for all lesson inquiries.