Hsuan-Yu (Alex) Lee, emerging conductor
Hsuan-Yu (Alex) Lee is currently in his first season as the music director of the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Symphony Orchestra and fifth season as the conductor of the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra. Mr. Lee has accumulated experience conducting professional orchestras. His career has taken him across the United States, Europe, and Asia including collaborations with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Xia-Men Philharmonic Orchestra, and Shanghai Opera House Orchestra.
Mr. Lee is invited to serve as an assistant conductor to Maestro Victor Yampolsky at the prestigious Peninsula Music Festival in 2016. He was also a participant conductor of the Cabrillo Music Festival in 2015 and was the recipient of the Bruno Walter Conducting Scholarship. He was a participant of the prestigious Tokyo International Conducting Competition in 2012 and a semi-finalist of the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview held by the League of American Orchestras in 2013.
Mr. Lee enjoys collaborations with renowned soloists such as pianist Gustavo Romero, violinist Linda Wang, violist Susan Dubois, flutist James Scott, Clarinetist Stacey DiPaolo and Saxophonist Keith Talley. In 2015, he led the Southwestern Oklahoma University Symphony Orchestra and singers to present a full production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera The Old Maid and the Thief. In 2013, he was the guest conductor for the National Taiwan Normal University Symphony Orchestra Asia Tour. He conducted the orchestra to perform four concerts in Beijing and Taipei.
Mr. Lee holds a Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree from the University of North Texas. He has studied primarily with Maestri Apo Hsu, and David Itkin and worked with distinguished conductors such as David Effron, Larry Rachleff, Jorma Panula, Gunther Herbig, Marin Alsop, Miguel Harth Bedoya and Jaap van Zweden in seminars and master classes.