Michael M. Lee is a composer and teacher with a background in composition, theory, post-tonal analysis, and musicianship, and is a graduate of the U.S.C. Thornton School of Music (D.M.A.), Juilliard (M.M.), and Eastman (B.M.). Born in Atlanta GA, and raised in Maryland, he was first introduced to classical music through the trumpet. He can play the piano and took several private lessons in classical guitar at the Peabody Institute in Maryland before starting his bachelor’s degree in composition. His music can be heard on Spotify and Apple Music and purchased on iTunes, Naxos, or Amazon. He is currently residing and teaching in Southern California.

Lee’s most recent work, 2020: Danse Macabre for String Trio, was recorded and commercially released with the Juventas New Music Ensemble in 2023. His music has received honors and recognition from the Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, BMI, NACUSA, American Composers’ Forum, composition awards from USC, Juilliard, and Eastman, among others, and has been performed by the Albany Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble, USC Thornton Orchestra, Hear Now! Lyris Quartet, New York Virtuoso Singers, and several virtuosic soloists, including Jiwon Evelyn Kwark, Cameron O’Connor, Nic Gerpe, and Han Chen, among many other fantastic musicians and ensembles.

Visit Lee’s website and YouTube channel for more information on his music, research, and teaching.


Lock & Key Vol. III

Release Date: October 27, 2023
Catalog Number: NV6561
21st Century
String Quartet
The critically acclaimed LOCK & KEY series once again opens its doors in this third installment, featuring an all-new roster of contemporary composers with an emphasis on new music and its connection to our ever-evolving ethos. Clever arrangements and unique compositional personalities are met with impeccable performances in this release, touching on wide-ranging themes from turmoil to introspection, meditation, and ultimately, unity in the human experience. In an exhilarating burst of energy, LOCK & KEY VOL. III resonates with raw authenticity, a testament to the depth and complexity of our shared humanity.

Between The Echoes

Release Date: September 9, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6057
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
Wind Ensemble
Navona’s latest compilation release, BETWEEN THE ECHOES, showcases selected recent chamber works, expressing the common theme of recollections and interpretations of past experiences. Moving across the spectrums of moods and dramatics, each piece brings a harmonic resolution to its soulful journey. This album joins multiple personalities in a collection of propulsive musical expression.