Altus Flutes Artist Christopher Lee is a laureate of the 2007 AGIMUS International Competition held in Padova Italy where he was noted for his fresh interpretations, wide ranging tonal colour and expressive playing.
Chris is currently Professor of flute at Canada Christian College and plays with the Toronto Philharmonia, an orchestra he joined in 1991. He also held the Principal Flute chair with the Band of The Royal Regiment of Canada from 1988 to 1991, an ensemble with which he toured and recorded. Since 1994 he has also performed with the Huntsville Festival Symphony at the Huntsville Festival of the Arts held every summer.
He has appeared as soloist with numerous ensembles including the Toronto Philharmonia. His many recitals include appearances at the British Embassy Church of St. George, Madrid, Spain, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and a special concert in 1994 to benefit the Seville Opera House.
Chris has performed with several other orchestras including the Windsor Symphony, the touring orchestra of "Scotland the Brave", the Grand Salon Orchestra, the Hamilton Ballet Orchestra, the Oshawa Symphony and the Kingston Symphony. In addition, he has worked under numerous conductors including Raffi Armenian, Enriquez Batiz, Jose Luis Garcia, Georg Kugi and Kerry Stratton.
He began formal study of flute at age 19 at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. One year later in 1988, he entered the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and was subsequently awarded the licentiate in flute performance (L.T.C.L) from Trinity College of Music, London, England. He also completed the Orchestral Training Program at the Royal Conservatory of Music. His mentors include some of the world’s great flautists, Susan Hoeppner (Canada), William Bennett (UK), Julius Baker (USA) and Peg Albrecht (Canada).
In 1996 he founded and performed with the woodwind sextet known as Les Six whose members represented some of Toronto's finest wind musicians. Les Six made their debut concert in March of 1997 which was recorded and broadcast by CBC Stereo. He has been a frequent guest of the popular “A Little Night Music” series presented by conductor Kerry Stratton and of the Alicier Arts Chamber Music series. He also appears on recording with singer/songwriter Michael Holt.
A popular soloist, chamber musician, adjudicator and teacher, Chris has performed in Canada, the United States, and Europe. There have been performances for the heads of state (former and current) of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway, and his performances have been aired on CBC radio. In 2005 he released a recording of music for flute, harp and violin. Chris performs on a handmade Altus flute of Japan made by Altus founder, Suichi Tanaka.