“A marvellous protagonist… a superb cellist.” – the late conductor Lorin Maazel
Hailed a “Miracle” by Gramophone, Trey Lee’s concerto debut at Carnegie Hall won him a rousing standing ovation, with The New York Times declaring him “the excellent cellist… with enveloping richness and lyrical sensitivity.”
Lee has worked with esteemed conductors, composers and orchestras worldwide, such as the late Lorin Maazel, Vassily Sinaisky, Juanjo Mena, Yuri Bashmet, Hannu Lintu, Osmo Vanska, Bright Sheng, Tan Dun, Philharmonia Orchestra, Moscow Soloists, BBC Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Munich and Romanian Radio chamber orchestras, amongst others. He is often featured at major venues around the world, most recently at the launch of the IMAGINE Project with Yoko Ono, Hugh Jackman, and ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the UN General Assembly Hall in New York.
Since being the first Asian to win First Prize at the prestigious International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition, Trey has been featured in Financial Times, on CNN and China’s national television CCTV, and Radio Television Hong Kong’s award-winning documentary “Outstanding Young Chinese Musicians“. Italy’s Il Corriere Della Sera heralded Trey as one of China’s four classical music “Golden Boys & Girls” alongside with pianists Lang Lang, Yundi Li and Yuja Wang.
Lee has released several albums under EMI which topped the classical charts. His most recent albums include Bright Sheng’s The Blazing Mirage dedicated to Lee, and the Dream of the Red Chamber Suite with the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan.
Since 2012, Lee has been an ambassador of UNICEF HK.