Yoon Jae Lee
New York, NY
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Yoon Jae Lee

Yoon Jae L.

New York, NY
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As a graduate of the Mannes School of Music, I have an excellent background to teach and tutor all levels of theory from basic musicianship to advanced harmonic analysis and score reading. Students will receive on 1-on1 instruction in all aspects of tonal harmony and counterpoint.

About Yoon Jae L.

Yoon Jae enjoys a multifaceted career as a conductor, arranger, pianist, and artrepreneur. As Founder & Artistic Director of Ensemble 212, Mr. L has built one of today’s finest ensembles based in New York. They have received critical acclaim for their innovative programming of works by living composers, exciting interpretations of the standard repertoire, and his own arrangements and transcriptions. A dedicated champion of new music, Mr. L has conducted numerous New York and world premieres of works by award-winning composers including Mohammed Fairouz, Huang Ruo, Daniel Felsenfeld, Ke-Chia Chen, Texu Kim, Nina C. Young, and Jeffrey Mumford. Recent highlights include conducting engagements with the PRIZM Chamber Orchestra, and the ensemble mise-en 6th annual new music festival. In March 2019, he conducted a concert devoted exclusively to his own arrangements at the Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western University and served as cover conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra this past summer. His list of guest conductor appearances includes the K Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the New England Conservatory, Opera on Tap, and collaborations with distinguished artists including Nick Canellakis, D’Anna Fortunato, David Krakauer, Mimi Stillman, and many others. Mr. Lserved as the Principal Conductor of the Albano Ballet Company which commissioned his chamber arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.

Mr. L’s arrangements and transcriptions have been performed throughout Asia, Europe, North and South America by leading orchestras such as the Baltimore and Phoenix Symphony Orchestras. Praised by audiences and critics alike, David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer claimed his orchestral transcription of Mendelssohn’s Octet “Incorporated winds and brass…..intelligently.” The New York Times described his chamber version of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony as “Illuminating….. with solos leaping out in unusually bold detail.” He is currently engaged in “The Mahler Chamber Project” to arrange all the symphonies and Das Lied von der Erde for chamber orchestra.

A native of New York City, Mr. L is a 2nd generation Korean-American. He received degrees in piano and conducting from the Mannes School of Music where he was awarded the N. T. Milani Memorial Conducting Fellowship and the Peter M. Gross Fund. He also studied at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria. During that time, he served as Assistant Conductor to the Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie. His conducting mentors include Michael Charry, Dennis Russell Davies, David Hayes, Arkady Leytush, Murry Sidlin, Samuel Wong, and David Zinman.

Mr. L has participated in Kurt Masur’s conducting masterclass, the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute led by his keen interest in historical performance practice. He served on the faculty at the Queens College – Aaron Copland School of Music, City College of New York and Haverford College.


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I was very nervous before my first lesson, I was a complete beginner and was about to play in front of someone for the first time. All of my worries went away though during that first lesson and we got to know one another. I never felt any judgment but instead felt inspired to keep practicing and learning. Not once did he get impatient with me even though we were working on extremely beginner songs. He has helped me reach my goal I had started out with and helped me set new ones to start working towards.

Posted Nov 3, 2021
Sandra N.
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It is such a pleasure to take lessons from Yoon Jae! He is so knowledgable and has a unique perspective. I have played for many years, but now I am seeing music in a new way.

Posted Oct 1, 2021
Douglas T.
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Yoon Jae is a fantastic teacher.

Posted Apr 30, 2021
Mark B.
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Yoon Jae is an excellent, patient teacher. I am a beginner and he is helping me develop a solid foundation that should allow me to develop my skills. Excellent!

Posted Mar 29, 2021
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Posted Feb 22, 2021
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Yoon has a lot of patients.

Posted Jan 17, 2021
Sam A.
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Can't say enough about Yoon. He is not a mere teacher, but a mentor of sorts. Not only does he know his stuff, but what he teaches can be applied to other areas of life. He goes above and beyond the material. Teaching you not just about music, but how to learn more efficiently and how to build yourself up. Here I was, late to the music game, playing catch-up. In a couple of months, I have made massive improvements to my rhythm and intonation. More than that, Yoon instills a drop more of confidence in me every single lesson and that is invaluable. I would recommend him to anyone who is serious about getting right kind of instruction!

Posted Dec 20, 2020
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It has been a pleasure having Yoon Jae as a teacher. He took a very personalized approach with my ear training, developing a solid idea of my strengths and weaknesses before honing in on specific issues. What sets him apart is that he's adamant about reinforcing the musical applications of the skills I'm developing, and he challenges me in ways that never feel dry or superfluous. I've seen great improvement in the relatively short time I've been with him.

Posted Sep 19, 2020
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I'm an adult beginner on the piano with some musical background. After studying with Yoon Jae for just over a year, I have made great progress in my knowledge of theory, technique, artistry, and effective practice habits. While he maintains high standards and teaches in a thorough and rigorous style, he is always supportive and encouraging. He is also tech savvy. If a student brings the vision and the work ethic, Yoon Jae will help him or her go far with his extensive knowledge and quality teaching.

Posted Sep 12, 2020
Benjamin W.
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I began taking piano and theory lessons with Yoon-Jae several months ago. He is incredibly patient (a virtue for any teacher), knowledgeable and accommodating. He pays close attention to your playing and points out the subtlest details in your technique while offering simple methods to help you improve. His fool-proof approach to tackling scales, arpeggios and the like make it simple and accessible. I can't recommend Yoon-Jae enough. If you want to take lessons seriously or just for fun, you will find no better instructor.

Posted Sep 11, 2020
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I just completed a 5 lesson bundle with Yoon and was very impressed. He paid close attention to my playing and pointed out many small details in my playing. It is the small details that make the difference. He has very deep knowledge regarding music in general and what is needed to advance forward. I will continue on with Yoon.

Posted Jul 28, 2020
Joel F.
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Yoon is an incredibly patient and experienced teacher. He takes you through the theory and technique in a way that is both accessible and informative. Honestly, you couldn't ask for a better instructor, and his teaching methods are top-tier.

Posted May 24, 2020
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I studied piano for 3 years with Yoon Jae, from when I was 25-28 years old. I'd started playing piano a bit in my early 20s, but never very seriously. I am mainly a drummer and percussionist, and studied music in college. I was looking for someone to take my piano playing, reading, and technique to closer to that of a professional, rather than an amateur/hobbyist which was where I was at. Yoon Jae really did that. I'm not going to be touring and playing Carnegie Hall anytime soon or anything like that, but I can really confidently say that my lessons with Yoon Jae raised my level a lot. My understanding of touch, nuance and phrasing grew a lot. My reading, though still a weakness, improved a lot, and my technique improved tremendously. By the end of our time I was playing Chopin's Fantasy Impromptu. I think if my 22 year old self saw a video of my 28 year old self playing that piece I would be floored. Though I don't take lessons with him anymore, now when I work on a piece on my own I still use many of the approaches, strategies and practice techniques he taught me- and I think that is the most valuable thing I got from him. He really developed a much deeper awareness, nuance and focus in that I can take with me for the rest of my life as a musician. He really is a great teacher.

Posted Mar 17, 2020
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Yoon Jae is a phenomenal teacher and person. As a teacher, he pushes you to be your best musician, yet remains understanding. He guides you in creating insights into your strengths and weaknesses, so that you'll continuously improve. He also provides you with tips and techniques to get the most out of your practice. He's also incredibly nice and fun to talk to.

Posted Mar 15, 2020
David M.
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I was concerned someone of such abilities to possibly have difficulty dealing with beginner students. Just the opposite is true. Without compromising the highest of standards, his friendliness, patience, and welcoming approach to new students makes it an absolute pleasure to work with him.

Posted Nov 12, 2019
Saleena H.
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Yoon Jae took my requests very much to heart and outlined a system of study which would help me get to the next level. He is very thorough, caring and professional. Also very pleasant to talk to. I highly recommend this excellent teacher!

Posted Sep 13, 2018
Carol L.
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Yoon Jae is a great instructor. He teaches me the proper way to practice and correct my bad habits. He is very patient and professional.

Posted Aug 19, 2017
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I'm so glad I ended up with Yoon Jae for my very first violin lesson. He took me through the first steps - as basic as holding the violin - really carefully and not at all condescendingly, even though I'm an adult who never even learned to read music. In fact, he couldn't have been more patient. I'd definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to learn violin in a supportive atmosphere!

Posted May 6, 2017
Carrie K.
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Yoon is engaging, motivating, kind and easy to work with. I'm an adult beginner and am enjoying the process of learning to read music, playing the instrument and gaining a greater appreciation for music generally. Highly recommend.

Posted Apr 2, 2017
ann B.
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Very patient and genuinely helpful

Posted Oct 18, 2016
Darrell G.
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Mr. Jae has a serious approach to his teaching style. He stresses doing little things well that will make you a better player.

Posted Oct 12, 2016
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I am learning musical arrangement and composition and I feel very lucky to have found Yoon Jae Lee. During the first lesson I had with him, he said one simple thing that forever changed the way I view how I write music. I like the way he listens carefully and uses his knowledge and understanding of music to point me in whatever direction I need to go. He is thoughtful and respectful of my goals and musical ambitions, helping me to achieve what I am aiming for without inserting himself into my creative process. In addition, he is very patient. I can't imagine a better teacher for me.

Posted Oct 6, 2016
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Yoon Jae is patient and creative teacher. Even when I can't understand the material, or am not performing my highest capacity, he patiently teaches me. He never moves too quickly or get angry. He is also creative. Anyone can stand and review a material, but he can explain it in a way that I can easily understand and remember.

Posted Sep 14, 2016
Michael M.
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Yoon Jae Lee is a very caring music teacher.He really wants you to learn.His passion for teaching is clearly evident in how involved he is with his students going beyond the call of duty to help to develope the proper technique in playing and imparting thorough music knowledge especially as related to the instrument being taught. Certainly qalities that you look for in an excellent teacher.

Posted Jul 19, 2016
Jonathan K.
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Mr. Jae has been an amazing piano teacher for my son Jonathan who has special needs. His unlimited patience and discipline has proven to be best medicine for Jonathan and his love for music.

Posted Jun 22, 2016
Qixiao M.
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Mr. Lee is very nice teacher, he is professional and patient. I am taking his ear training and sight singing lessons. I think what Mr. Lee teaches me is very helpful. I feel so happy and so lucky to learn music with Mr. Lee.

Posted Jun 15, 2016
Marisa V.
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Was really great!! He understood from the beginning what I want ;-)

Posted Mar 14, 2016
Carol A.
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My first lesson was quite productive. I hadn't played in many years and Yoon focused in on techniques to help me with my (many) weaknesses. He was patient, encouraging and an excellent teacher.

Posted Feb 3, 2016
Tansi U.
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Mr. Lee is a great teacher he is very responsive and polite when instructing with me. He is also very paitent and understanding with me. He uses any feedback from me to point me in the right direction.

Posted Dec 19, 2015
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A very knowledgeable teacher.

Posted Sep 22, 2015
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I enjoyed Professor Yoon Jae's lessons fully. As an amateur pianist, I was able to study under Yoon Jae privately for a semester and learn things I wished to learn about. Yoon Jae understands how to teach and tutor to his students needs which varies among musicians at all levels. I believe his knowledge and experience can greatly benefit those who wish to continue learning a musical instrument as a hobby as well as for those studying musical performance.

Posted Sep 17, 2015
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Yoon Jae Lee is a professional musician who has been teaching my daughter since she was 6 years old. He is very engaging, fun, and patient. My daughter has learned many important concepts from him and it shows it her school work too.

Posted Sep 16, 2015
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Mr. Lee tutored me privately in the violin for a very reasonable price, as well as instructed my orchestra. He was very attentive, patient, and drew on a variety of good basic teaching books which, in combination with his instruction, helped me learn a lot.

Posted Sep 15, 2015
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Conductor & Artistic Director
Mar 2004 - Present

Ensemble 212

New York-based orchestra featuring and promoting New York-based soloists and composers. Orchestra members comprised of young professional freelancers.

Sep 2018 - Dec 2019

New Jersey Arco Youth Orchestra

Adjunct Lecturer
Aug 2018 - Dec 2018

Queens College, Aaron Copland School of Music

Instructor of Conducting.

Principal Conductor
Nov 2014 - Nov 2017

Albano Ballet Company

Conduct annual performances of the Nutcracker using my own chamber arrangement.

Adjunct Lecturer
Jan 2008 - Dec 2015

City College of New York

Conductor of the CCNY Symphony Orchestra. Instructor of Conducting, Instrumentation/Arranging, and Piano.

Visiting Instructor of Music
Jan 2014 - May 2014

Haverford College

Conducted the Bi-College Orchestra (Haverford & Bryn Mawr) and coached chamber music along with individual private instruction on the side.

Music Director
Sep 2010 - May 2013

Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra

Conducted weekly rehearsals consisting of regional musicians and advanced students from the college preparatory boarding school. Performed two to three concert programs per season.

LIU Post Chamber Music Festival Seminar Orchestra Conductor
Jul 2007 - Jul 2012

Long Island University

Summer program held at Long Island University, NY. Conductor of the seminar chamber orchestra and large ensembles, chamber music coach.

Conductor of the Carnegie Hill Orchestra
Sep 2008 - Mar 2011

InterSchool Orchestras of New York

Conductor of the Carnegie Hill orchestra. Performed two concerts a year and several educational assembly concerts which introduce music to young people.

Resident Conductor
Jun 2004 - Jun 2010

Philadelphia International Music Festival

Summer program held at Bryn Mawr College, PA. Conductor of the student orchestras and chorus, ear training teacher and chamber music coach.

Associate Conductor
Jan 2006 - Aug 2006

Youth Symphony for United Nations (YSUN)


Master of Music, Orchestral Conducting
Sep 2004 - May 2006

Mannes College, The New School for Music

Independent Studies, Orchestral Conducting
Oct 2000 - Jun 2002

University Mozarteum Salzburg

Bachelor of Music, Piano and Orchestral Conducting
Sep 1996 - May 2000

Mannes College, The New School for Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Steinway Education Partner
Sep 2014

Staeinway & Sons

The Steinway Educational Partnership Program has been specifically designed for piano instructors in an effort to develop and enhance our relationships, as well as to further support piano instruction and music education.


Less Haight Scholarship
Jun 2007

Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Music Festival

N.T. Milani Memorial Conducting Fellowship
Jan 2006

Mannes College of Music

Peter M. Gross Award
Oct 2004

Mannes College of Music

Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation Piano Competition, Third Prize
May 1997

Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation

Edward R. Wiener Arts Award, Second Place
May 1996

Hudson Guild Scholarship Committee


Conductor's Guild
Jan 1998
The Conductors Guild is a non-union organization intended for professional conductors based in the USA. The Guild offers services to enhance the training and development of conductors and promises to represent the views of conductors to the larger community of music professionals.

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