Thomas Oboe Lee

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Born: 5 September 1945 — Beijing — China
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Thomas Oboe Lee’s music has been recorded by the Kronos, Lydian, Oregon and Hawthorne String Quartets. There are, in a portfolio of more than a hundred and thirty-five works, seven symphonies, twelve concertos, twelve string quartets, song cycles, choral works, various chamber works and a 100-minute, two-act chamber opera, "The Inman Diaries."


Thomas Oboe Lee was born in China in 1945.   He lived in São Paulo, Brazil, for six years before coming to the United States in 1966.  After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, he studied composition at the New England Conservatory and Harvard University.  He has been a member of the music faculty at Boston College since 1990.

Mr. Lee has composed more than 135 works: seven symphonies, twelve concerti for various solo instruments, twelve string quartets, choral works, song cycles, and scores of chamber music. His music has received many awards, among them the Rome Prize Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, two National Endowment for the Arts Composers Fellowships, two Massachusetts Artists Fellowships, and First Prize at the Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards for his String Quartet No. 3 ... "child of Uranus, father of Zeus.”

He has received commissions from many organizations including Amnesty International USA, the Fromm Music Foundation, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the Kronos Quartet, the Manhattan String Quartet, the Lydian String Quartet, the Hawthorne String Quartet, the Formosa Quartet, the Artaria Quartet, Apple Hill Chamber Players, the American Jazz Philharmonic, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Boston Classical Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

His 100-minute, two-act chamber opera, “The Inman Diaries,” was produced by Intermezzo in the fall of 2007.  The work is available for sale or rental at Theodore Presser Company/Merion Music Inc. Ten of his early works originally published by Margun Music Inc. are now available at G. Schirmer Inc./Associated Music Publishers. The rest is self-published under the moniker, Departed Feathers Music - a BMI affiliate.

Compact disk recordings of his music are available on Nonesuch, Koch International Classics, Arsis Audio, MCA Classics, BMOP Sound and GM Recordings.   Mp3 downloads of his music are available (at) iTunes, Amazon, Napster, eMusic, Rhapsody, etc.

In 2010 he launched his very own iPhone app: TOLmtv

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Dying days:
(1845) Gustav Albert Lortzing: Premiere of Undine, in Magdeburg, Germany.
(1889) Giacomo Puccini: Premiere of Edgar, in Milan, Italy.
(1918) Sergey Prokofiev: Premiere of the Classical Symphony in D major op. 25, in St. Petersburg, Russia, with Prokofiev conducting.
(1945) Olivier Messiaen: Premiere of Trois Petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine, in Paris, France.
(1948) Ralph Vaughan Williams: Premiere of Symphony no. 6 in e minor, in London, England.

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