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.