이동우 Dong Oo Lee

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BIOGRAPHY

한국혈통을 가지고 미국에서 태어난 이동우는 독주자, 실내악 연주자, 오케스트라 연주자, 교육자, 지휘자, 그리고 작곡가로 오늘날 다방면에서 가장 두각을 나타내는 첼리스트 중의 한사람으로 인식되고 있다.

뉴멕시코 대학 예술대학 및 뉴잉글랜드 음악원에서 음악 학사학위를, Kharkov Philharmonic Institute of International Studies 에서 석사학위를 취득하였으며, Kharkov Philharmonic Institute는 그에게 명예 박사학위를 수여했다. Laurentian String Quartet의 멤버로 활동했던 그는 제9회 “Artist International’s Young Musicians Chamber”상을 받으며 카네기홀에서 데뷔를 시작으로 “East-West International Competition“ 1위 입상, Volpe 재단으로부터 Piatigorsky Fellowship장학금, Harry S. Trumann 대통령 도서관 협회로부터 “Pablo Casals Prize”기념상 등 미국에서 알려진 다수의 장학금과 상을 수여받았다.

국내에서 동아일보, 한국음악협회 주관으로 각각 ‘올해의 음악가’로 선정된 바 있다. 1988년 이래로 미국 첼로 학회의 활동적인 멤버였으며, M. Rostropovich로부터 워싱턴에서 열린 저1회 세계 첼로 학회에 대한민국을 대표하는 첼리스트로 초청받아 그가 작곡한 최초의 첼로 독주곡 ‘예언’을 연주하였다. 1990년 아리조나주 피닉스에서 개최된 제4회 첼로 학회에서 그의 두 번째 첼로 독주곡 ‘귀향’을 초연했다. 1991년 Lord Yehudi Menuhin의 초청으로 “Asian Youth Orchestra”에서 첼로 교수이자 한국인 고문으로 활동하며 아시아의 여러 나라로부터 선발된 많은 재능 있는 청소년들을 지도 하였으며 2011~2012년에는 “Chichibu International Music Festival” 에 지도교수로 참여 하였고 외국의 여러 대학에서는 마스터 클래스와 연주를, 2012년 윤이상 국제 첼로 콩쿨 심사위원 외에도 국내에서는 권위있는 음악 경연대회의 심사위원을 맡았다. 2003년에는 아리조나의 피닉스에서 열린 제7회 첼로 학회에서 남북의 작곡가들의 작품들로부터 발췌한 ‘아리랑의 재회’를 미국에서 초연했다. 2003~2005년은 평양 예술제에 초청되어 조선국립교향악단과 협연 등 이외에 세인트루이스 교향악단, 아스펜 교향악단, 필하모니 버튜오시, KBS 교향악단, 홍콩 필하모니, 덴버 필하모니, 국내외 여러 시립교향악단과 협연하였다. 1984년 이래로 그의 아내이자 피아니스트인 전미영(한국교원대 교수)과 함께 매년 연주회를 가지면서 음악을 사랑하는 아름다운 부부의 모습을 보여주고 있으며, 레코딩으로는 National Public Radio, Musical Heritage Society: 일본 동경의 NHK Radio FM: “칸타빌레”(제2회 음반회사): 제일기획의 “사랑의 속삭임”, KBS 라디오 FM“20세기의 한국음악가” CD 시리즈, 삼성 “NICES”, 소니 “World Classic”, KOCH (International Classics), 그리고 ANGELOK 등이 있다. 그는 바로크 합주단과 KBS 교향악단의 첼로 수석으로 17년간 활동 하였으며 서울대, 이화여대에 출강하여 첼로 전공과 실내악을 지도하였다.

Korea Philharmonic Research Institute의 음악감독으로 활동 중인 그는 2000년부터 울산대학교 음악대학 교수로 부임하여 현재까지 후학을 양성하고 있으며, 2014년 현대중공업의 지원으로 울산대학교와 협약하여 창단된 USP (Ulsan String Players) 총괄리더를 맡고 있다.

Born of Korean heritage in the United States, cellist Dong-Oo Lee is recognized today as one of Korea`s most versatile musicians as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, educator, conductor, and composer.  After 18 years as the Principal Solo Cellist of the KBS Symphony Orchestra (Korea`s National Symphony Orchestra) in 2000 he was appointed the Professor of Cello at the University of Ulsan, College of Music.  It was in 2002 he created and continues to serve as Artistic Music Director of the Korea Cello Research Institute, an organization that provides performances and educational services to students throughout the Republic.  As of recent, in 2014 he was appointed as Music Director of the U.S.P. Chamber Orchestra which is funded by a cultural arts grant from the University of Ulsan and the Hyundai Heavy Industries Company.  In Korea, as an active chamber musician, he has served as the solo cellist of the Seoul Baroque Ensemble, May Piano Quartet, Gallery Chamber Players and the Koreana Chamber Society.  As a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Lee has performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

His studies in music began at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music Preparatory School and the University of New Mexico, College of Fine Arts.  In 1980, he graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music.  It was in 1989 he was selected into the Kharkov National Conservatory of Music and the elite Kharkov Philharmonic Institute of Music of International Studies where he received his Master of Music.  In 1997, he was granted an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Kharkov Philharmonic Institute for his distinguished performances and recordings with famed Russian conductor, Vakhtang Jordania and recognition for his continuing work as one of the world`s leading concert anthologist of the cello repertory.

Mr. Lee has collaborated with many world renowned cellists/artists, including Joanna de Keyser, Gabor Rejto, Laurence Lesser, Lesile Parnas, Leonard Rose and Vladimir Krugliakov.  His cello studio studies and master class participations have also been with famed artists/teachers such as Frank Miller, Zara Nelosva, Lazlo Varga, Janos Starker and Raya Gabousova.  In the realm of chamber music he has worked with the great legends of our times of the likes of Kolisch, Krasner, Lehner, Shure, Gingold, Adam, Hillyer,  Lincer and Galimir.  He has had the rare opportunity to personally work and perform with world acclaimed composers/conductors like Copland, Bernstein, Ozawa, Schuller, Foss, Menotti, Hovhaness and Penderecki.

From 1981 to 1983, he was a member of the Laurentian String Quartet and was an Artist-in-Resident at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.  In 1981, the Quartet made its Carnegie Hall debut as the winner of the `Artist International`s Ninth Annual Young Musicians Chamber Award`.  In 1982, the Quartet made its second appearance at Carnegie Recital Hall, as the winner of the New York Concert Artist `East-West` Competition.  The Quartet gained its reputation in concertizing modern works and conducted seminars on university campuses throughout the United States.  Through recommendations the Quartet became participants in `Young Audiences` by the famed New York Metropolitan operatic star Beverly Sills who founded and coordinated a special music education program in the New York City Public School System.

He has also been the recipient of several of America`s most prestigious fellowships and awards, including the Aspen Music Festival `Jorge Mester` Fellowship in 1974, the `Tanglewood Fellowship` from the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1976 and 1977, the International Round Top Festival in 1977, the 1979 `Piatigorsky Fellowship Prize` from the Volpe Foundation, and in 1981, the `Pablo Casals Memorial Award` from the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library Society.  In Korea, as the solo cellist of the Seoul Baroque Ensemble, he was awarded `Musician`s of the Year` in 1989, given by the Dong-Ah News Press.  In 1996, he was honored by the Music Association of Korea as `Musician of the Year`.

Since 1988, Mr. Lee has been an active member of the American Cello Council, also receiving an invitation from M. Rostropovich to represent the Republic of Korea to the `First World Cello Congress` in Washington D.C., in 1990, at the `Fourth American Cello Congress` and the 2003 `Seventh American Cello Congress` in Tempe/Phoenix Arizona.  In 2000, he was a founding member of the Korean Cello Association whose membership includes many of Korea`s leading concert musicians and professors.

It was in 2002, Mr. Lee celebrated a milestone in his 30 year concert career through a tour of Ukraine and Russia performing the complete solo cello works of Tchaikovsky.  With Maestro Jordania he performed with the Kharkov National Orchestra of Ukraine. Kiev Imperial Chamber Orchestra, and the Russian Federal Orchestra in Moscow where he recorded his CD in Tchaikovsky Hall.  He was invited back in 2003 by Maestro Jordania to Kharkov performing Schumann’s Cello Concerto and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante.

Over the past years, Mr. Lee has been an instructor of cello and chamber music at the Seoul National University and Ewha Women`s University.  In 1991, he was appointed by Lord Yehudi Menuhin to be the Cello Professor and Korean Advisor of the `Asian Youth Orchestra`, teaching the finest talent from all parts of Asia.  As a performing artist and academic, his work `Musical Encounters` (a version of `Music without Borders`) has been successfully recognized in building bridges of cultural friendship both educationally and socially.   He has been invited to perform and conduct cello and chamber music classes at the Aso Music Festival in Koumamoto, Japan, University of Singapore, Hong Kong Academy of Music, University of New Mexico, Kansas University, University of Southern Illinois, Pyongyang National Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City, McGill University, Boston University, University of Miami of Ohio, Longy School of Music, Westminister College, Chiang Mai National University, Payup University, University of Rhode Island, Brigham Young University of Hawaii, University of Connecticut in Storrs, Nanyang University in Singapore and the Issang Yun Institute of Music.

On more of an interesting note in Mr. Lee`s career, in 2003 he was the first cello professor from the `South` (Republic of Korea) to be invited to the Fourth April Spring Arts Festival in Pyongyang, North Korea (People`s Democratic Republic of Korea) performing with the Pyongyang National Conservatory of Music Orchestra.  During this visit he observed and conducted informal cello classes with the students at the Conservatory.  He repeated this historic visit in 2004 and 2006 returning to Pyongyang as a guest artist/soloist with the Choson Philharmonic Orchestra (the National Symphony of the D.P.R.K.).  In April of 2010, Mr. Lee was a guest artist with the Issang Yun Modern Arts Orchestra of Pyonyang performing the complete cello works of the late renowned composer Issang Yun.

In the 2004 STRAD INTERNATIONAL, January Issue (music journal), he was selected as a contributing writer of `Homeland Revisited` presenting his professional experiences as a teacher in Korea.   Recently in 2006, he and his wife/pianist Mi-Young Jeon embarked on a unique but special direction in music as `missionaries` of culture and education.  The project titled `Musical Encounters` took them to Chiang Mai, Thailand where they concertized, lectured, and presented master classes at Payap University, Dara Academy, Chiang Mai University of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai National University, and the Rajabhat University of Education.  Since then, `Musical Encounters` has become Mr. Lee`s yearly work engine for international concerts, lectures, and master classes throughout Asia and North America.

It was in 2002 Mr. Lee, in collaboration with the University of Ulsan, College of Music and the Ulsan Cello Society, founded the Korea Research Cello Institute.  The institute`s original aim was to provide extra intensive studies during the winter and summer breaks for cello students of all ages here in the Republic.  Now, the institute has  grown into a full size festival and academy (instrumental, chamber and orchestral studies). Thus, it has been retitled as the Korea Philharmonic Institute.  Over the years the institute has invited internationally acclaimed artists and renowned academics such as Young-Chang Cho, Antonio Meneses, Joanna de Keyser, Maria Hallayak, Taki Atsumi, Lesile Parnas, Howard Goldstein, Carter Enyeart, Emilio Colon, Terry King, Jeffrey Solow, Masanori Tanaguchi, Jung-Shim Baik and Suren Bagratuni.

Also since 1983 he has gained an outstanding reputation with his wife/pianist Professor Mi-Young Jeon, as one of Korea`s leading concert duo`s.  As a concert duo, they have performed annually since 1983 throughout Korea and the United States.  It was in 1993 they made their European debut concert at the `Cello Festival` at the International Kammermusk-Akademie in Kronberg, Germany.  Mr. Lee has made recording appearances for American National Public Radio (N.P.R.); Musical Heritage Society (M.H.S.); N.H.K. Radio FM in Tokyo, Japan, `Cantabile` (Seoul Record Company); K.B.S. Radio FM `Korean Musicians of the 20th. Century` CD Series in Seoul, Korea; `CHEIL` (Audio Communications); Samsung `NICES`; `SONY` `World Classic`s`; `KOCH` (International Classic`s) and `ANGELOK`.

In 2015, Mr. Lee was appointed Music Director of the U.S.P. (Ulsan Sinfonia Players) Chamber Orchestra which was founded in 2008 under the sponsorship of the HYUNDAI HEAVEY INDUSTRIES COMPANY and the Trustee’s of University of Ulsan.  It’s purpose is two fold: One, as a professional ensemble is to enhance the cultural life in bringing world class concerts to the city of Ulsan and musical  prominence to the Republic of Korea.  Two, Instill the traditional European style of ensemble training, whereas the ensemble is a collaboration of “master” (professor’s) and “apprentice” (graduate’s) environment.

Over the past thirty years, he has performed and recorded on three Italian cellos by the master makers of Gioffredo Cappa, dated 1681, Carlo Giuseppe Testore, dated 1700. and currently, his principal solo cello is a rare instrument dated 1801, by the master Venetian maker, Giacinto Santagiulianna.  Also in his collection is a French cello by the Parisan maker H.C. Silvestre, dated 1890, a modern Italian cello by the Cremonese maker Natale Carletti, dated 1950 and a 2004  presentation cello made by the American maker Kevin March of Chicago, Illinois.  Mr. Lee also takes pride in performing on a fine collection of old French bows by the great Parisian masters of the likes of: Dominique Peccatte, Clement Eulry, Francois Nicolas Voirin, Eugene Sartory, Justin Poirson and Charles Husson.