Trey Lee

 Winner of the 2004 International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition as well as major prize-winner of New York’s Naumburg International Cello Competition, Helsinki’s International Paulo Cello Competition, and the Geneva International Music Competition, Trey Lee has been actively engaged by major festivals, concert halls and orchestras across continent Collaborating with EMI, Trey’s latest album [Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin] was enthusiastically received by audiences and critics, as exemplified by GRAMOPHONE which declares Trey “a miracle....his musicality and spirit contain a 'melancholic freedom' which brings us back to the past...".  His debut album with EMI was hailed by the STRAD ...a versatile cellist with the technical facility to tackle virtuoso repertory nimbly…[while he] plays with a beautifully lyrical tone.”  In addition, Trey can be heard as featured soloist on the original sound track recording for the German-Taiwan-Hong Kong co-produced film “The Drummer”, also released by EMI. Trey has been performing around the world in venues and festivals such as Moscow’s Kremlin,  Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Hall, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional, Helsinki’s Finlandia Hall, Forbidden City Concert Hall Beijing, New York’s Lincoln Center, Marlboro Music Festival, Dubrovnik Festival, Zagreb’s Vatroslav Lisinski.  In July 2007, he was invited by the Hong Kong SAR government to perform at its historic 10th Anniversary Turnover to China.  In addition, he was awarded Leader of the Year presented by maestro Edo de Waart. His numerous orchestra engagements include the Finnish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Netherlands Philharmonic, Neue Westfalen Symphonie Orchestra, Brandenburger State Orchestra, Lubeck Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic, Zagreb Soloists, Zagreb Philharmonic, China National Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Macau Orchestra, Xiamen Philharmonic, collaborating with maestros Osmo Vanska, Jun Markl, Heiko Mathias Forster, Theodor Guschlbauer, Yu Long, Roman Brogli-Sacher,  among others.  In his performance of Strauss’ Don Quixote at the Royal Concertgebouw Hall, Trey received critical acclaim as The North Holland Daily (Het Noordhollands Dagblad) hailed him "a Star Musician..... As a soloist, Lee is imposing and extremely impressive, who makes use of the entire expressive range of his part and conveys an eloquent continuous dialogue with the music and the orchestra.”  Trey’s success in music began at the Juilliard School in the U.S., but he took a five-year break from the cello to study Economics at Harvard University and to work as a management consultant. Since picking up the cello again, he earned a Master’s Degree in Music under cellist Laurence Lesser, and studied under renowned Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson in Europe. Performed at the festival in 2008.