“Alluring, sparkling, thoughtful, and carefully crafted”
– Augusta Read Thomas (Director of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition)

Described as “Entirely fresh yet somehow natural in its unfolding,” Seoul-born Chicago based composer Dongryul Lee seeks to write music that is deeply oriented around the acoustical nature of sounds and virtuosic classical performance practice, to create profound aural experiences with both dramaturgy and pathos. He finds inspirations in spiritual, literary, and scientific elements, encompassing a diverse range of topics from Borgesian poetics to Number Theory. Read full bio


1. Motuum Cælestium
2. Star  flies         over                 dark                            matter (at 9:56)

Commissioned by the Center for Contemporary Composition at the University of Chicago
The Grossman Ensemble, Vimbayi Kaziboni, conductor
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, December 3 2021


A finite island in the infinite ocean for solo violin, Miranda Cuckson
Fromm Concerts online at Harvard, April 16, 2021

Video Interview with Anne Shreffler and Miranda Cuckson,
Fromm Concerts online at Harvard, April 16, 2021

Le Tombeau de Harvey for solo piano, Ariel Fei Mo
Live recording from the world premiere
Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, January 2022

Dawn Chorus performed by Axiom Brass
Recording Session, University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL, May 23, 2021

Lessons on Light and Darkness for solo piano, Eugenia Jeong
Concert Stream – SOUND/SITES, A co-presentation of UChicago Presents and the Department of Music, Nov 2021

Unsmeared, Like a Bodiless Horn for horn and cello
Matthew Oliphant, horn, Hannah Collins, cello
Commissioned by the Center for Contemporary Composition at the University of Chicago, Mar 2021

Goethe's Garden for 2 pianos tuned a quarter tone apart
V. gleichsam auf einer geistigen Leiter–as on a spiritual ladder
The 21st Century Piano Competition Concert, Hanah Choi / Hanqian Zhu, piano, Krannert Center, Feb 2017

On Goethe's Garden
36 min. video lecture-presentation on Goethe's Garden, May 2021

Transcendentals for 19 instruments
I. ephemerals
II. organum
Illinois Modern Ensemble, Stephen Andrew Taylor, Conductor
Smith Recital Hall, Urbana, Nov 16, 2016

“Quaerendo Invenietis,” first movement from Unending Rose for string quartet
Nov 2018, Jupiter Quartet, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, US



May 13 2022
Le Tombeau de Harvey
Recital: Ariel Mo '22 MM, Piano
Burnes Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, US


Hyperion Song for soprano and 9 instruments (world premiere)
Commissioned by the Callithumpian Consort with additional funding provided by Jeffrey Duryea
the Callithumpian Consort season 2022-2023

[new work] for soprano and piano quintet
Commissioned by Ensemble Nouvelle Vague

[new work] for solo piano
Commissioned by Ariel Mo

[ TIMESTORY, Book II ] for Orchestra (2021-23)


A Thousand Bells: Acoustical Implementation of Bell Spectra Using the Finite Element Method and Its Compositional Realization (DMA dissertation, deposited in September 2020)