Dongryul Lee a Finalist in International Composition Competition
Doctoral composition student Dongryul Lee is a finalist in the 3rd International Composition Competition. The competition is organized by the Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa (Contemporary Music Group of Lisbon) and features several prominent adjudicators.
His composition entitles Quasi una Macchina, depicts a piece of music as if it were composed by a machine.
As one of three invited finalists, Lee will travel to Portugal in November to attend rehearsals and performances of his work. During the three day event, 23-25 November 2017, the finalists' works will be performed in both the Cine Joaquim de Almeida Theater in Montijo and the Iberian Theater in Lisbon
From quantum physics to Jung and Borges, Lee finds inspiration in various spiritual and scientific elements. His background in computer science enables him to discover a different dimension from Western classical tradition, but deeply oriented in acoustical phenomena and human perception, creating profound experiences with sympathetic correspondences.
His compositions have been performed by ensembles such as the Wellesley Conference Ensemble (members from Talea and TAK Ensemble), Ensemble Paramirabo, Ensemble à percussion Sixtrum, members of the Ossia Ensemble, Illinois Modern Ensemble, and by a variety of individuals including Ermis Theodorakis, Albert Kim, Nathan Giem (Hungarian Radio Symphony), Mathieu Leclair (Quasar quartet), Brendan White (Mühlfeld Clarinet Trio), Tomoko Ono, and Sungmin Shin (Tantalus Quartet).
Recent honors include Second Prize in the 2017 Busan MARU International Music Festival Composition Competition, the 2017 Jupiter Quartet Guest Artist Award, the 2017 Eighteenth 21st Century Piano Commission, Second Place in the 2015 American Prize, a Cello Loft Commission in 2015, and an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Sun River Prize. His Second String Quartet will be premiered by the Jupiter Quartet in 2018, his SYZYGY is programmed to be premiered by Cello Loft ensemble in San Diego and New York in 2017, and his Goethe’s Garden was premiered by two virtuoso pianists, Hanah Choi and Hanqian Zhu, at the 21st Century Piano Competition Concert in Urbana, as a part of Sonic Illinois Festival
His primary composition teachers include Reynold Tharp, Stephen Taylor, Heinrich Taube, Erin Gee, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and David Liptak.