Deun Lee is South Korean orchestra & opera conductor, grew up in Milan, Italy. Deun Lee is winner of orchestra conducting competitions such as:
- Mention Spéciale Ex-Æquo, 57th Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors, France
- 1st prize, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova Recommendation prize, Mitteleuropa orchestra prize at 8th International Competition for Opera Conductor ‘L.Mancinelli’ with Verdi’s opera, Un Ballo in Maschera at Teatro L.Mancinelli di Orvieto in Italy
- 1st prize and Orchestras special prize at 13th Edition Danube Conducting Competition at Budapest, Hungary
- 1st prize and Orchestra special prize at 2nd BMI International Conducting Competition at Bucharest, Romania.
Deun Lee graduated in Piano major (under M. Silvia Rumi) and Voice major (under M. Vittorio Terranova) both at Conservatorio G.Verdi di Milano. Afterword, he graduated Voice major at Accademia Chigiana di Siena (under M. Renato Bruson), Master degree and PSD diploma in Voice major at Mannes College in New York (under Prof. Arthur Levy). In February 2019, Deun Lee obtained Master degree in Orchestra Conducting at Conservatorio G.Verdi di Milano under Maestro Vittorio Parisi with highest mark & Summa Cum Laude.
Deun Lee conducted numerous operas and symphonic repertoire as principal conductor, including wide range of classical to contemporary repertoire including:
Elisir d’amore, La Bohéme, Un Ballo in Maschera, Gianni Schicchi, Cavalleria Rusticana, Turandot, La Cambiale di Matrimonio (Festival Rossini 150), Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Italiana in Algeri, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Stravinsky’s Petrushka 1911, C.Orff’s Carmina Burana.
in different places and theaters such as:
Lincoln Center Bruno Walter Auditorium, The DiMenna Center, LeFrak Concert Hall, Jersey City Hall, Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall (Where he also had his Solo Tenor Recital), Teatro Mancinelli di Orvieto, Sala Verdi di Milano, Teatro Castagnoli di Scansano, Teatro Carcano di Milano, Teatro sull’acqua di Sassetta, Teatro Lirico di Magenta, Vigadó Concert Hall, State Opera Stara Zagora, Danube Palace and Palatului Cutural.
Deun Lee conducted and experienced different style and lots of professional orchestras such as:
Arad Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Classical Symphony orchestra, K-Radio Philharmonic orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic orchestra, Budapest MAV Symphony, Danube Symphony orchestra, Bucharest Symphony, LaVerdi orchestra, Orchestra Cupididas, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina and Orchestra del Conservatorio di Milano.
Deun Lee was selected as assistant conductor under maestro Alessandro Ferrari, for the production of Midsummer night’s dream by F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy for Sound, Music! 2019 season of Filarmonica della Scala, which was a collaboration with Conservatrio G.Verdi of Milan, where he prepared the Orchestra del Conservatorio di Milano with Filarmonica della Scala orchestra musicians. He also worked as assistant conductor at Varna State Opera for different opera productions.
Deun Lee participated masterclasses with famous conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Jorma Panula, Maurizio Arena, Maurizio Barbacini, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Riccardo Frizza, Donato Renzetti and Daniele Agiman, where he conducted all final concerts as best selected participant.
Deun Lee worked as professional opera singer (tenor) and pianist, he gives regularly masterclasses to singers, coaches and collaborate pianists. Deun Lee is also the Artistic Director and orchestra conductor in the same time for Bell’Opera Festival in Italy, where he will conduct Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Puccini’s La Bohème and will be invited to conduct in South Korea, Italy, Romania and South America.
‘Mr Deun Lee has achieved an excellent technique and he owns a natural ability to approach musically everything he conducts.’
- Jorma Panula / “60 most powerful people in music”, BBC Music Magazine 2000 & Finnish legendary conductor
‘Doti di naturale musicalità, preparazione solida, lodevole disposizione allo studio rigoroso delle partiture e una speciale, appassionata attenzione ai problemi della vocalità. Efficace il lavoro svolto da Lee con l’orchestra, esercitato sempre con controllo e sicurezza.’
‘Endowed with natural musicality, solid preparation, laudable disposition to the rigorous score study and a special, passionate attention to vocal problem. Lee’s work with orchestra is effective, always prepared with control and safety.’
- Maurizio Arena / Italian legendary conductor
‘Sono rimasto notevolmente impressionato delle molteplicità del suo talento… doti assolutamente necessarie per intraprendere questa professione!’
‘I was greatly impressed by the multiplicity of his talent… an absolutely necessary endowment to undertake this profession!’
- Maurizio Barbacini / Italian conductor, Metropolitan Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsopera
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About L'Elisir d'Amore Performance
By Roberto Cucchi / ITeatridell'Est
By Claudio Elli / PuntoELineaMagazine
Opera charm magazine (page 53-58)