Joungbum Lee

Joungbum Lee
Cohort Year: 2014
Advisor(s): Anthony Cheung
Research Interests: fusion of acoustic and electronic sound / sound through bodily process and new mediums


Joungbum Lee is a Chicago-based composer of chamber, electronic, film and orchestral music. Poetry, visual art, nature and Eastern/Western philosophy are all elements that influence Lee's works. He completed a Bachelor Degree at Eastman School of Music and Masters at Rice University. His main composition teachers have been Carlos Sanchez-Guitierrz, David Liptak, Ricardo Zohn Moolden, Pierre Jalbert, Shih-Hui Chen, Shulamit Ran, Anthony Cheung and Augusta Read Thomas.

Joungbum’s music has been commissioned nationally and internationally by world–renowned individual and groups such as Amy Briggs, Kay Kim, Rochester chamber music society, Musiqa modern ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, Quince vocal ensemble, Imani Winds, Spektral Quartet, Ensemble Suono Giallo, Ensemble Composit and ensemble Dal Niente. Lee’s work received awards and recognitions such as 1st & audience prize for Sorodha Société Royale d’Harmonie composition competition 2019 (Belgium), 1st prize in Rochester Chamber Music composition competition 2009, prize winner of 23rd IBLA Grand Prize 2014 and Sejong International composition competition 2014. Lee’s works premiered at numerous music festival such as SoundSCAPE (2016), VIPA (2016), June in Buffalo (2016), ilSuono Academy in Italy (2017), Composit new music festival in Italy (2017). Recently his work is selected for The Keyboard in the 21st Century 2019—an international conference for composers in Hong Kong. Also his work, TAE (2019) for chamber orchestra and multi media will be premiered by Avanti! chamber orchestra in Finland. Joungbum is currently holds PhD candidacy in University of Chicago.

Teaching Experience

Harmony and Voice (Instructor, 2017)
Material & Design MUSI 10300 (lecturer, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019)