Composer Scott Lee writes concert music infused with the visceral sounds of popular music. Lee has worked with musicians across genres, including leading orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, Winston-Salem Symphony members, the Moravian Philharmonic, and the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, chamber groups such as yMusic, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Deviant Septet, chatterbird, Verdant Vibes, and ShoutHouse, as well as multi-platinum pop artist Ben Folds. He has received commissions from the Aspen Music Festival & School, loadbang, the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society, the Occasional Symphony, and the American Craft Council.
Notable honors include two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, a 2016 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, winner of the 2016-17 Symphony In C Young Composer’s Composition, the grand prize in the 2015 PARMA Student Composer Competition, and the Gustav Klemm Award in Composition from the Peabody Institute.
Lee is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of WireTap New Music, an ensemble dedicated to bringing chamber music of the 20th and 21st centuries to the community in Durham, North Carolina. With an emphasis on recent works by living composers, WireTap uses inventive programming and high quality performances to present concert music that is being made now. WireTap’s inaugural 2016-17 featured the works of Gabriela Lena Frank, D. J. Sparr, Michael Laurello, Kati Agócs, Nina Young, Cameron Britt, Brendon Randall-Meyers, and Lee himself.
An accomplished pianist, Lee currently performs with WireTap New Music and [dnme], the Duke New Music Ensemble. Specializing in new music, he has performed many of his own compositions as well as those of other living composers. A singer, too, as a member of the Peabody Singers he performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. In the summer of 2017 Lee will be a composition fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School where he will study with composition faculty Chris Theofanidis and Stephen Hartke. Lee has also attended the Walden Creative Musicians Retreat and the Bowdoin International Music Festival, where he studied with Derek Bermel.
Active as a music educator, Lee has taught courses in music at Duke University and at the Duke TIP summer program. At the Peabody Institute, Lee engaged the community through the Junior Bach program, where he taught composition to middle school boys from at-risk neighborhoods in Baltimore.
Lee is currently a James B. Duke Fellow at Duke University where he is pursuing his PhD in Composition, mentored by Scott Lindroth and Steve Jaffe. He earned the Master of Music degree at the Peabody institute, where he was the recipient of the Philip D. Glass Endowed Scholarship in Composition and studied with Michael Hersch. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University in 2011, where he studied with Michael Rose, Michael Slayton, Stan Link, and Michael Kurek.