Resident Conductor of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and winner of the Solti Foundation U.S. 2014 Career Assistance Award, Lee Mills is internationally recognized as a passionate, multifaceted, and energetic conductor. He has led performances with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra that have been hailed as having a “sonority of unequalled liveliness and quality,” working alongside such artists as Simone Porter, Conrad Tao, Eliane Coelho, and the Smetana Trio. His conducting engagements outside of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra include the National Symphony Orchestra (USA), the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Starting as Assistant Conductor of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in September 2014, he was promoted to Resident Conductor after only 18 months. Mr. Mills was selected as a semifinalist in the 2017 International Conducting Competition Sir Georg Solti, and in the summer of 2014 he was selected by David Robertson and Carnegie hall to be the Assistant Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, which he conducted in rehearsals and in concert on the orchestra’s national tour. In addition, he conducted alongside Maestro David Robertson in the highly acclaimed U.S. Premiere of John Cage’s Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras with the Saint Louis Symphony. At the invitation of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop, he received the prestigious BSO-Peabody Institute Conducting Fellowship in 2011.
Under the tutelage of Gustav Meier and Marin Alsop, Mr. Mills received his Graduate Performance Diploma and Artist’s Diploma in Orchestral Conducting at the Peabody Institute. He has been a conducting fellow at the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at Aspen during the summers of 2012 and 2013, where he worked closely with Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff, and Larry Rachleff. Mr. Mills graduated cum laude from Whitman College, where he began his conducting studies with Robert Bode. Additionally, he has studied with Edward Polochick and Matthew Savery.