Yoon-Ji Lee is a Korean composer based in New York. Her music is sound-based and non-linear. It is gesturally dynamic, and demonstrates a powerful focus regarding moment-by-moment details of harmony, form, rhythm, and tone color.

Lee’s most recent composition is In the Time of Blue Ball, for electric guitar quartet (Dither Quartet), based on a novel by Manuela Draeger. Other recent works include About Face, a setting of poetry by Caroline Bergvall, scored for soprano and double string quartet, and Delia Elena San Marco, for two violins based on the aphorism by Jorge Luis Borges.

Her work has been performed in Korea and the U.S., by numerous ensembles including Talea Ensemble, JACK Quartet, MIVOS Quartet, TimeTable Percussion Trio, Argento Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Either/Or Ensemble, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, NODUS ensemble, and Musique á la Mode. Lee is the recipient of the Patsy Lu award, granted by The International Alliance for Women in Music. She also participated in Artist-Residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, where she worked with Elliott Sharp, and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.

As a child, Lee studied piano as well as violin, voice, organ, and the Korean Pansori drum. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree at Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, she moved to the U.S. to study with Robert Cogan at New England Conservatory in Boston. Lee is now the first Korean student to enter the NYU (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) composition PhD program, as well as to receive the Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship. At NYU she studies with Elizabeth Hoffman and has previously worked with Louis Karchin. She has also worked in masterclass settings with composers including Kaija Saariaho, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Maria de Alvear, Helmut Lachenmann, Chaya Chernowin, and Matthias Pintscher. Lee is currently working on two pieces for chamber ensemble: one commissioned by Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, and the other for ensemble mise-en.


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