DONGRYUL LEE composer 


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

“Sounds entirely fresh yet somehow natural in its unfolding.”
– Robert Hasegawa (Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Orchestration Studies)

Described as “alluring, sparkling, thoughtful, and carefully crafted,” 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


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

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

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

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



January 11 2022
Presentation on three recent pieces
Composition Colloquium, Composition and Music Technology
Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University (on-line)

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | 7:30pm
Callithumpian Consort: Karchin, Murail, Chacon, Rădulescu, Lee, and Montgomery
Le Tombeau de Harvey for solo piano, Ariel Mo, piano
Jordan 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 2021-2022