Trey Lee

Cellist Trey Lee has been making a sensation across continents since winning First Prize at the International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition. Hailed “a Miracle” by GRAMOPHONE and “a Master of subtle transition” by The STRAD, Trey enthralls audiences with his virtuoso playing that combines intellectual sophistication with emotional depth and sensitivity. His orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall won him a standing ovation with critic Anthony Tommasini from the NEW YORK TIMES declaring him “the excellent cellist… with enveloping richness and lyrical sensitivity”. In his collaboration with the Netherlands Philharmonic at the Royal Concertgebouw Hall, Trey again received a standing ovation with the critics praising him a “Star Musician.” Trey’s recent invitations included a tour with the Munich Chamber Orchestra under maestro Alexander Liebreich, world premieres of Kirmo Lintinen’s Cello Concerto and Liping Wang/Chaoming Tung’s “Dream of the Red Chamber” (chamber orchestra version) with Finland’s Avanti! under maestro Dmitri Slobodeniouk, as well as a special concert initiated by United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon at the United Nations General Assembly Hall, alongside maestros Tan Dun, Lu Jia, and coloratura soprano Sumi Jo. In 2011, Trey’s invitation highlights include Phoenix Television’s special international live broadcast concert with the China Symphony Orchestra, the world premiere of Dream of the Red Chamber Symphonic Poem for Cello and Symphony Orchestra, as well as return engagements from the Kuhmo Festival and the Macao Orchestra, amongs others. Trey has worked with numerous esteemed composers and conductors, including Bright Sheng, Osmo Vanska, Jun Märkl, Paul Daniel, and Heiko Mathias Forster. As an active chamber musician, he was a co-founder of the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, and has collaobrated with pianists Ingrid Fliter, Peter Yablonsky, violinist Pekka Kuusisto, violist Vladimir Mendelssohn, the Meta4, and the Helsinki Quartet. Trey has been featured by major media including the FINANCIAL TIMES, CNN, and CCTV. He was also the focus of the acclaimed documentary “Outstanding Young Chinese Musicians” by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). In 2009, Italy’s most influential newspaper, IL CORRIERE DELLA SERA, heralded Trey as one of China’s four classical music “Golden Boys & Girls." Born in Hong Kong, Trey currently lives in Berlin pursuing his solo career.