Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee is an active freelance musician in the Chicago area. In addition to his position as principal trumpet with the Chicago Sinfonietta, he acts in the same capacity for the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of the critically-acclaimed Millar Brass Ensemble, Tower Brass of Chicago, and Chicago Brass Quintet. He frequently performs as an extra and substitute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony, and the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago. Mr. Lee performed on two Grammy Award-winning recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and on the soundtrack to Fantasia 2000.

As a soloist, Mr. Lee has performed with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, and the Woodstock Mozart Festival. He was also a semi-finalist in the Maurice Andre International Trumpet Competition held in Paris, France and was in the final rounds of the New York Concert Artists Guild competition. The winner of the Civic Orchestra concerto competition in Chicago, Howard Reich of the Chicago Sun Times praised Mr. Lee's performance of the Trumpet Concerto in D by G.P. Telemann as "light, bright... a real tour de force."

Mr. Lee is an Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at the DePaul University School of Music, as well as Elmhurst College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Western Illinois University and a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Northwestern University where he studied with Vincent Cichowicz. His other primary teachers were John Schlabach, William DeJong, and Adolph Herseth. Mr. Lee has presented masterclasses and recitals in most of the North American states, as well as in Europe, Asia and South America.
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