"Now here is a talent… who has a 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
New York-based American clarinetist, Seunghee Lee (aka Sunny Kang) is a multi-faceted recording artist, a TEDx speaker, and a music entrepreneur who brings vivacious energy, 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". Ms. Lee performed at prestigious venues throughout Europe, Asia, U.S, including at Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago’s Cultural Center, and a sold-out recital debut at Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Lee’s multiple solo album releases were featured as “CD of the Week” worldwide at KDFC (San Francisco), Classic FM Nederland, Symphony 92.4 (Singapore), at Fine Music Radio in Cape Town (South Africa), WSCL (Maryland), and have gained numerous air-plays around the world in classical radio stations including at New York’s WQXR, "Girl Power" at WRR 101 (Dallas/Fort Worth), WFMT (Chicago), NPR and in amongKDFC Classical Radio in San Francisco featured her as one of ‘Top 30 Classical Stars Under 30’ upon the release of her debut album BRAVA (2000), produced by multi-Grammy Award-winning producer Joanna Nickrenz together with legendary recording engineer Marc Aubort of Elite Recordings.
After much devoted time in motherhood, Ms. Lee’s longtime passion for recordings brought her back to produce EMBRACE (2011), HIDDEN TREASURES (2013), SOLACE (2016), and her latest album, FULL CIRCLE (2017) to critical acclaim. EMBRACE climbed to number 4 on HMV Classical Charts in Hong Kong, while HIDDEN TREASURES, independently released, reached number 2 on Hong Kong Records’ “Top 10 Classical and Jazz Charts”. Ms. Lee's most difficult and meaningful album SOLACE (2016) is a “Healing Through Music” project, created in honor of her father whose life was taken away in senseless gun violence in the South Side of Chicago. Based on five stages of grieving (denial, depression, anger, bargaining, and acceptance). 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. SOLACE was featured as "Album of the Week" in Classic FM Netherlands and was included in their Album Top 20 chart.
Encouraged by many requests for the sheet music to her arrangements, Ms. Lee published HIDDEN TREASURES Sheet Music Book (CD Included) and EMBRACE Sheet Music Book* which are available on AMAZON and at Walmart.
*Expected release date, November 1, 2020.
Ms. Lee is the founder of Musica Solis Productions, an independent classical record label, sheet music publisher, and a creative concert presenter based in New York City. Through the artist consulting initiative, Ms. Lee aims to guide and mentor emerging classical musicians to become independent entrepreneurial leaders of their generation. She is a frequent guest lecturer on the topic of Music Entrepreneurship and has appeared as a guest speaker at Harvard Business School at the 2019 Asia Business Conference titled, "The Game Changers", the 2019 Yale Alumni Association Career Panel live stream fireside chat topic "Careers in Music", Seoul National University, Juilliard Pre-College, and among many others. As a visiting professor, she enjoys performing solo recitals, giving masterclasses on the topic of shifting your mindset, and presenting her signature lecture series titled, "You are the Company".
At her core, Ms. Lee is passionate about using her music to bring comfort and healing to those silently suffering from personal tragedies. She is also the founder of CONCERT FOR CAUSE an intimate home concert series dedicated to shining a light on current humanitarian issues and on 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.
Ms. Seunghee Lee received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Charles Neidich and Eli Eban, and her Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, studying with David Shifrin. Ms. Lee feels privileged to have also studied with Peter Hadcock, Fred Ormand, George Silfies, Howard Klug, LaurieDeLuca, Mary Beth Skaggs, and John Bruce Yeh of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Her collection of awards and competitions include the First Prize at the International Clarinet Association Competition, Winner of the Saint Louis Symphony Young Artist Competition, 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. In her youth, she was selected as one of only three American clarinetists to represent the United States for the historic 1990 American-Soviet Youth Orchestra World Tour, with conductor Leonard Slatkin and violinist Joshua Bell. As a soloist, Ms. Lee has performed worldwide including with the Saint Louis Symphony, Gyor Symphonic Orchestra of Hungary, the Metropolitan Symphony of Minneapolis, Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago's Cultural Center, to name a few, and the Pucheon Philharmonic in Korea, where she served as a principal clarinetist from 1993– 1995.
Ms. Seunghee Lee serves on the National Advisory Board of the Eastman School of Music and the Yale School of Music, and serves on the executive committee as the club treasurer of YaleNYC. In addition, Ms. Lee serves on the Board of Directors at the Concert Artists Guild in New York City.