Composer,pianist,singer,author & occasional actor
RECORD LABELS: CKL Music, EDITION WANDELWEISER RECORDS
(2010-2011)Substitute Faculty of The CalArts Pre-College Voice Program
BFA.,(California Institute of the Arts)
CERT.,(S.D County Regional Occupational Program in “Child Development”)
C. Kenneth Lee has been hailed by The Hong Kong Economic Journal 信報 as "a young musical prodigy...he frequently visits the elderly home and entertains them with music and warmth...must thank him for giving them music therapy and hope." Lee is a 2008 ASCAP Morton Gould Composer Award Finalist, recipient of The 2005 California Institute of Music's "Creative Student Leadership Award", an honorable mention recipient from 2006 Save Me a Spot in College Visual & Performing Arts Scholarship Contest and a 2009 Cal Arts Capitol Records / EMI Jazz CD project Contest Nominated Asian Classical-Crossover/Film Composer. He is a pianist, actor, former chapter vice-president of Best Buddies International and 2007 Torrey Pines Idol Contest Finalist classically trained singer.
C. Lee’s "Piano Solo No.4 (2011)" appeared on EDITION WANDELWEISER RECORDS, a German classical Label that include names like John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Morton Feldman. etc. Lee was nominated and almost recorded for CAPITOL RECORDS/EMI.
Lee is currently a substitute faculty of California Institute of the Arts Pre-College Voice Program. Lee has taught kindergarten at The TPHS Kindergarten from 2005-2006 (certified by The San Dieguito High School Union District), started a music therapy class for the TPHS Special Ed. Department (2005-2007) with school pathologist at The Torrey Pines High School in San Diego and did an internship in Hong Kong at F.O.C.U.S (a well-known non-profit Organization to help children with A.D.H.D, Dyslexia and other learning disabilities). Lee was a nominated candidate for the 2010 election for senator of Walt Disney’s CalArts Herb Alpert School of Music that ended in a TIE. Lee has been sponsored to have his own solo concerts in USA such as Beverly Hills Aqua Lounge, Genghis Cohen.etc, Australia such as St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, Hong Kong such as THE HONG KONG GRAND HYATT HOTEL, THE HK MIRA HOTEL, THE HK ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL, The HK Skylark Lounge, HK Backstage Live .etc),and PRINCESS CRUISES. Apart from collaborating with many bands and choirs; and having released 4 solo CDs of his original compositions on iTUNES, AMAZON, NAPSTER, RHAPSODY, and other mp3 venders, Lee sang & acted in several lead and supporting roles that included being a member of The Original US West Coast Opera Cast of Iannis Xenakis' only opera, (2010) ORESTEIA, and a member of The Los Angeles Original Musical Cast with MEREDITH MONK in (2008)SONGS OF ASCENSION that toured at redcat in The Walt Disney Concert Hall. Lee has worked musically with and assisted with artists like LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, David Rosenboom, Carlsbad Music Festival, California EAR Unit, Vicky Fung, Katie Geissinger, and other groups and artists in the U.S and in Hong Kong. Lee has studied piano with an alumni from The Julliard School, an alumni from The Eastman School of Music, and faculties at California Institute of the Arts. Lee studied music composition at Northwestern University's National High School Music Institute, The Walnut Hill School, & received his Bachelors degree in music composition at California Institute of the Arts. Lee has studied composition/worked with Augusta Read Thomas, Morton Subotnick, William Powell (Julliard School Alumni ’70), Steve Hoey, David Rosenboom, Wolfgang Von Schweinitz, Matt McBane, Michael Pisaro, Barry Schrader, Rob Wannamaker.etc, and studied voice with Angela Gooch, Alla Markovich, Jimmy Chan.etc. Lee is the founder and the first president of CMTC (The Cal Arts Musical Theater Club).
Lee and his music has also been featured in several newspapers (Hong Kong Economic journal, East West Magazine, Del Mar Village Voice. etc) and on radio broadcasts from the USA(ex: UCLA radio), United Kingdom(ex: Tempo FM 107.4, and Australia(ex: 2 CR Radio Network). Lee’s music has been performed by David Rosenboom, Allan Vogel of Los Angeles Chamber orchestra, California EAR Unit, Susan Allen, Matt McBane.etc. as well as chosen for the 20th Century FOX SPONSORED “The 2009 Independent Asian Pacific Islander Performing Artists and Writers Festival” in Los Angeles.
"It's a pleasure to hear his great music..." -JEFF MARDER(associate conductor of The Los Angeles Broadway Musical "WICKED")
"his music has great diversity of styles from classical to experimental ..."-MATT MCCBANE (composer,conductor,and founder and director of the CARLSBAD MUSIC FESTIVAL ,Carlsbad,CA)
-------("Classical" was nominated for The 2009 Cal Arts Capitol /EMI Jazz CD Contest and was a finalist for an ASCAP Music Award in 2008, while Lee's single "Everyday" was chosen to be performed in The 2009 LA Independent Asian Pacific Islander Performing Artists and Writers Festival)
------AS HEARD ON PRINCESS CRUISES, HONG KONG ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL, THE WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL,& OTHER BIG VENUES.----
(Notes from the composer:)
As vice-president (2006-7) of a Best Buddies International Chapter(a charity for the mentally disabled), a volunteer music therapy assistant for the mentally disabled), and nephew of a cancer victim/my aunt, Leticia Cheung, a portion of the sales from "Metamorphosis" and "Breakaway" went to "Best Buddies International" & "American Cancer Society." In the case of this new CD, it is my wish to continue with the spirit of giving by donating a portion of "Classical" sales to support UNICEF to help "Children Affected by the Sichuan Earthquake in CHina." I started this CD in 2004 and I think it's my most personal and carefully crafted music since "Metamorphosis."
Tracks 2-8, 12, 13 recorded live and mixed and mastered by recording engineers at Roy O' Disney Music Hall. Tracks 1,0-11, 16-20 performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by C. Kenneth Lee at CKL Studio in Valencia, CA & Hong Kong. Track 15 and 16 recorded live and mastered by Northwestern University's recording engineers at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
All Vocals, instruments and synthesized instruments performed by C. Kenneth Lee. (Executive Producers:) Roy O'Disney Hall, Northwestern University's Pick Staiger Hall recording engineer team & C. Kenneth Lee.
(Management: Magdalena Lee)
(C) 2009 C. Kenneth Lee Music, All rights reserved
After almost 3 years absent from a Classical CD, and almost 2 years absent from a CD, ASCAP Composer Award Finalist and Cal Arts Capitol / EMI Jazz CD Contest Nominated Asian-American Composer, C. Kenneth Lee, pianist, actor, former Best Buddies Chapter Vice-President and Torrey Pines Idol Contest Finalist Singer presents a follow-up to his CD (2006) Metamorphosis(Original Orchestral Music Live from Northwestern University of Chicago).
IN “Classical (Original Classical Music Live from Roy O’Disney Hall & Northwestern Univeristy, Chicago)” , Lee proves that he’s no joke by selecting only his finest and best original music so far since compiling in 2004. “Classical (Original Classical Music Live at Roy O’Disney Hall & Northwestern University, Chicago)” was nominated for The 2009 CalArts Capitol Records/EMI Jazz CD Competition and a finalist for The 2008 ASCAP M. G Award for the Music Composition “What Does She See?”
It's a pleasure to hear his great music..."
-JEFF MARDER(associate conductor of The Los Angeles Broadway Musical "WICKED")
"...his music has great diversity of styles from classical to experimental ..."
-MATT MCCBANE (composer,conductor,and founder and director of the CARLSBAD MUSIC FESTIVAL ,Carlsbad,CA)