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Gyu-Seo Lee ⓒ2021. Korean National Symphony Orchestra

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"He simply conducts, but always enough in itself.
Everything is in his head and hands." - Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Conductor


Hailed as a gifted conductor with refined baton technique and mature musicality, Daniel Gyu-Seo Lee is regarded one of the most prominent young conductors on the current music scene. After he studied conducting, composition and musicology in Seoul, he moved on to Vienna, expanding his career in European stage. Since then he has met premier European orchestras including the Wiener Symphoniker and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, Korean historical arts magazine GAEKSUK(Auditorium) chose him as one of the conductors who will lead the future podium. In 2020, he was named the Rising Star representing the Korean classical music field by magazine Noblesse.

Lee organized the Orchestral Ensemble Seoul(OES) in 2014 and it has attracted attention on the Far-Eastern stage. To date, he has received critical acclaim for the concerts in high level, collaborating with prestigious artists such as Bomsori Kim, Yeol Eum Son, Chloe Jiyeong Mun and HieYon Choi. From 2018, Lee and his orchestra have worked on the Complete Beethoven Symphonies & Piano Concertos. Since 2020, this orchestra was designated as the Governmental Arts Organization by the Seoul City. An exclusive recording artist for NCM Klassik since 2017, recent releases include Mozart Symphony No. 29 & String Serenade, and Beethoven Symphony No. 3 (2022), all with the OES.

With a keen interest in discovering and highlighting potential music in our time, he is also working with professional new music ensembles such as Ensemble TIMF(Tongyeong IsangYun International Music Festival) and Creative Music Orchestra of the National Center for Music Korea. Recently Steinway & Sons Seoul invited him for the very first time as a conductor to hold masterclasses and all the proceeds were donated to relieve inequality in music education.

Lee started the violin at the age of five and made his debut as a soloist with the Seoul Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. He served a youth orchestra in his town for a decade as concertmaster. Since his overwhelming debut at the age of 20 at the Seoul Arts Center and at 22 with the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra. He also has been invited to many significant major stages in his country. At the College of Music at Seoul National University, he studied with Prof. Hun-Joung Lim and received Masters degree at the same graduate school under Prof. YunSung Chang. At the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna(MDW), he is studying with Prof. Simeon Pironkoff. He also received guidances from prominent conductors such as Marin Alsop, Riccardo Muti, Tadaaki Otaka, David Robertson and Andrés Orozco-Estrada. He is the recipient of the Award for the Remarkable Artist of the Year 2018 awarded by the Committee of Korean Arts Critics. He will take up the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Seoul Soloists from the 2021-22 season.


 review & interviews

Andrés Orozco-Estrada

"He simply conducts, but always enough in itself. Everything is in his head and hands."

Andrés Orozco-Estrada



"A Boy Who Was Leading A Local Symphony,

Dreaming of A World-Famous Conductor"

Seok Yong Chang

Chairman of the Korean Council of Arts Critics


"He resonates the players and audiences with not only the clarified gesture but the energy that surrounds the whole concert hall."

Sang-Ook Chun

Arts & Culture Journalist


beethoven symphony no. 3 «Eroica» / oes [label: ncm classic]

OES/Lee Beethoven Symphony No. 3 [NCM Klassik]


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Gyu-Seo Lee _ Lotte Concert Hall ⓒ 2019.

  Lee at the Lotte Concert Hall ,Seoul  ⓒ 2019. Shin-joong Kim