LEE MILLS

DOUGLAS F. KING ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR OF THE SEATTLE SYMPHONY

"Mills emerged in his element here, showing an obvious fondness for this epic, unjustifiably neglected score. Along with a compelling dramatic arc, he elicited characterful playing for the many solos that enrich it."

-Thomas May, Musical America

Lee Mills stepped in for Thomas Dausgaard with the Seattle Symphony for concerts on November 18 and 20. Watch the live stream on Seattle Symphony Live!

BIO

Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony and winner of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award in 2014, 2017, 2019, and 2020, Lee Mills is internationally recognized as a passionate, multifaceted, and energetic conductor. In his previous position as Resident Conductor of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, he led performances 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.

 

In addition to his work with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony, he has also led concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra (USA), the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, Lee was the Assistant Conductor to David Robertson for Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the USA. 

The League of American Orchestras selected Lee for the 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductors Preview where he conducted the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and in 2017, Lee was selected as a semifinalist in both the International Conducting Competition Sir Georg Solti and the Opera Royal de Wallonie-Liege International Opera Conducting Competition. 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. 

 

Through his project Vibe Sinfônica, initiated in 2018 in partnership with nightlife producer The Week Group in São Paulo, he has brought classical music to thousands of new listeners through performances in contrarian settings. In their inaugural performance, Vibe Sinfônica performed music of Vivaldi at The Week Group's 14th anniversary in São Paulo, playing to a crowd of over 10,000 EDM fans and opening for DJ Offer Nissim. The growing project also featured in a video clip of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the nightlife producer. 

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 was a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen during the summers of 2012 and 2013, working 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.

 

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Upcoming 21/22 Concerts:

All concerts with the Seattle Symphony can be streamed live at Seattle Symphony Live

  • Montana Ballet Company: The Nutcracker
    Montana Ballet Company: The Nutcracker
    Willson Auditorium
    Dec 04, 2:00 PM
    Willson Auditorium, 404 W Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA
    MBC's 38th Annual Nutcracker / Saturday, December 4 at 2pm
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  • Montana Ballet Company: The Nutcracker
    Montana Ballet Company: The Nutcracker
    Willson Auditorium
    Dec 04, 7:00 PM
    Willson Auditorium, 404 W Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA
    MBC's 38th Annual Nutcracker / Saturday, December 4 at 7pm
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  • Montana Ballet Company: The Nutcracker
    Montana Ballet Company: The Nutcracker
    Willson Auditorium
    Dec 05, 2:00 PM
    Willson Auditorium, 404 W Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA
    MBC's 38th Annual Nutcracker / Sunday, December 5 at 2pm
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  • Seattle Symphony: Mozart’s Messiah
    Seattle Symphony: Mozart’s Messiah
    Benaroya Hall
    Multiple Dates
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    Dec 17, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
    Bask in the matchless December tradition of Handel's Messiah. Selections from this great work are presented here in a beautifully rare form, with orchestrations by Mozart. Mozart's lively "Paris" Symphony and one of Hayden’s “London” Symphonies round out the program.
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  • San Antonio Symphony: Handel's Messiah
    San Antonio Symphony: Handel's Messiah
    San Antonio
    Dec 22, 8:00 PM CST
    San Antonio, 100 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
    Lee Mills leads the San Antonio Symphony in Handel's Messiah.
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  • San Antonio Symphony: Handel's Messiah
    San Antonio Symphony: Handel's Messiah
    San Antonio
    Dec 23, 8:00 PM CST
    San Antonio, 100 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
    Lee Mills leads the San Antonio Symphony in Handel's Messiah.
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  • Seattle Symphony: Viennese New Year
    Seattle Symphony: Viennese New Year
    Seattle
    Dec 30, 7:30 PM PST
    Seattle, 200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
    The Seattle Symphony ushers in 2022 in true Golden Age style, with music drawn from the glittering ballrooms of Vienna. Featuring a selection of waltzes, polkas and marches, including music by Mozart, Lehár and of course the waltz king, Johann Strauss, and his family.
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  • Seattle Symphony: Viennese New Year
    Seattle Symphony: Viennese New Year
    Seattle
    Dec 31, 2021, 9:00 PM PST
    Seattle, 200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
    The Seattle Symphony ushers in 2022 in true Golden Age style, with music drawn from the glittering ballrooms of Vienna. Featuring a selection of waltzes, polkas and marches, including music by Mozart, Lehár and of course the waltz king, Johann Strauss, and his family.
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  • Seattle Symphony: Viennese New Year
    Seattle Symphony: Viennese New Year
    Seattle
    Jan 02, 2022, 2:00 PM PST
    Seattle, 200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
    The Seattle Symphony ushers in 2022 in true Golden Age style, with music drawn from the glittering ballrooms of Vienna. Featuring a selection of waltzes, polkas and marches, including music by Mozart, Lehár and of course the waltz king, Johann Strauss, and his family.
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  • Naples Philharmonic with Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Naples Philharmonic with Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Naples
    Jan 27, 2022, 8:00 PM EST
    Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples, FL 34108, USA
    American conductor Lee Mills makes his debut with the Naples Philharmonic in a program that highlights the beauty and energy of dance music.
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  • Naples Philharmonic with Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Naples Philharmonic with Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Naples
    Jan 28, 2022, 8:00 PM
    Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples, FL 34108, USA
    American conductor Lee Mills makes his debut with the Naples Philharmonic in a program that highlights the beauty and energy of dance music.
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  • Seattle Symphony: Pride Pops
    Seattle Symphony: Pride Pops
    Seattle
    Jun 24, 2022, 8:00 PM PDT
    Seattle, 200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
    The vibrant voices of the Seattle Men’s Chorus join the Seattle Symphony for this special Pride weekend concert event with conductor Lee Mills at the podium. Plus, sensational NYC-based drag performance artist Thorgy Thor (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Dragnificent) leads the celebration as our fabulous host.
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  • Seattle Symphony: Pride Pops
    Seattle Symphony: Pride Pops
    Seattle
    Jun 25, 2022, 2:00 PM
    Seattle, 200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
    The vibrant voices of the Seattle Men’s Chorus join the Seattle Symphony for this special Pride weekend concert event with conductor Lee Mills at the podium. Plus, sensational NYC-based drag performance artist Thorgy Thor (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Dragnificent) leads the celebration as our fabulous host.
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  • Seattle Symphony: Pride Pops
    Seattle Symphony: Pride Pops
    Seattle
    Jun 25, 2022, 8:00 PM
    Seattle, 200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
    The vibrant voices of the Seattle Men’s Chorus join the Seattle Symphony for this special Pride weekend concert event with conductor Lee Mills at the podium. Plus, sensational NYC-based drag performance artist Thorgy Thor (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Dragnificent) leads the celebration as our fabulous host.
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