"Now here is a talent… who has as warm, silvery, and woody a tone as anyone could imagine with fast and keen finger work to match... amazing expressive capabilities… positively lovely” – Review by Allmusic.com
Multi-faceted musician, international recording artist, and musical entrepreneur, Seunghee Lee (Sunny) brings a vivacious energy, an exquisite elegance and extraordinary precision to all her endeavors. Ms. Lee has been recognized by the Clarinet Magazine as "an uncompromising soloist, destined to be an upcoming contender of top stature" .
Her debut album BRAVA, released through Summit Records in 2000, was featured as one of ‘Top 30 Classical Stars Under 30’ by San Francisco’s KDFC radio. BRAVA was produced by multi-Grammy Award winning producer Joanna Nickrenz together with a legendary recording engineer Marc Aubort of Elite Recordings.
Ms. Lee’s longtime passion for recordings led her to produce EMBRACE (2011), HIDDEN TREASURES (2013), and SOLACE (2016) to critical acclaim. EMBRACE climbed up the HMV Classical Charts in Hong Kong to number 4, while HIDDEN TREASURES, independently released album via her own label, Musica Solis, achieved even greater heights by climbing to number 2 on Hong Kong Records’ “Top 10 Classical and Jazz Charts”. Encouraged by many requests for sheet music, Ms. Lee went on to publish HIDDEN TREASURES Sheet Music Book (CD Included) and is now available on-line at AMAZON, Groth Music, VCISINC, the Eastman School Barnes and Noble and the Juilliard Bookstore!
SOLACE, her latest 2016 release, was created in honor of her late father who's life was taken away in a senseless gun violence in the South Side of Chicago, 25 years ago. Based on 5 stages of grieving (denial, depression, anger, bargaining and acceptance), Ms. Lee produced SOLACE as a way to bring closure to the past 25 years of silently grieving and dedicates SOLACE to millions of others suffering silently due to such unfortunate events. Ms. Lee is a firm believer in the healing power of music that enables us to seek compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, appreciation and love for one another.
"Let's spread MUSIC and LOVE, not bullets and hatred, to make this world a better place..." an excerpt from SOLACE program notes.
Ms. Lee's recordings have gained numerous repeat broadcasts throughout major public radio stations around the world and have been featured as "CD of the Week" in many classical radio stations, such as KDFC (San Francisco), WSCL (Maryland), Symphony 92.4 (Singapore), Fine Music Radio (Cape Town, South Africa) and "Girl Power" in WRR 101 (Dallas/Fort Worth). SOLACE was featured as "Album of the Week" in Classic FM Netherlands and was included in their ALBUM TOP 20 chart.
In the summer of 2016, Seunghee Lee (Sunny) became a voting member of The Recording Academy (GRAMMY). Ms. Lee currently resides in New York City.
Going beyond boundaries from the classical genre, Seunghee’s exploration of cinema music led to an unprecedented collaboration with the world-renowned ANDREA MORRICONE, the composer of the timeless Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso, an iconic Italian film which won the BAFTA and the Golden Globe Awards. Seunghee appeared with Maestro Morricone in a full length concert for which Maestro Morricone conducted and especially wrote world-premiere arrangements for clarinet and orchestra of the Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso, Ennio Morricone's Gabriel's Oboe, Nino Rota’s The Godfather, Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer, Ryuichi Nakamoto’s The Sheltering Sky and many more works which are all available for viewing on her YouTube Channel.
CHARITY CONCERT ORGANIZER
At her core, Seunghee is passionate about using her music to bring comfort and healing to those silently suffering from personal tragedies. She is the founder of CONCERT FOR CAUSE, an intimate private home-concert series dedicated to shining a light on current humanitarian issues and on the worthy organizations working to resolve them. Ms. Lee believes that each individual can contribute to the betterment of our society, and she is devoted to using the power of music as a catalyst to awaken the goodness and the philanthropic hearts inside everyone. In short, she believes in making a difference, one concert at a time.
AWARDS & EDUCATION
Seunghee's collection of awards and competitions include the First Prize at the International Clarinet Association Competition; Co-Winner of the Saint Louis Symphony Young Artist Competition with Rachel Barton (judged by Leonard Slatkin); Winner of the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, the Yale Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, and the Yale Charles Ives Award. Being selected as one of three American clarinetists to represent the United States for the 1990 American-Soviet Youth Orchestra, she toured the world with conductor Leonard Slatkin and violinist Joshua Bell. As soloist, Seunghee performed with the Saint Louis Symphony, the Metropolitan Symphony of Minneapolis, the Music Academy of the West Philharmonic, the Jupiter Symphony of New York, the Yale Philharmonia, among others, as well as at the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago's Cultural Center, and with Bucheon Philharmonic where she served as a principal clarinetist from 1993–1995.
Ms. Lee received her Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Charles Neidich and Eli Eban, and her Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, studying with David Shifrin.
Also a highly skilled golfer, Seunghee (a.k.a. Sunny Kang) spoke at TEDx Hong Kong about the surprising similarities between golf and music and the mental challenges of viewing both skills through the lens of a perfectionist.