LEE MILLS

DOUGLAS F. KING ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR OF THE SEATTLE SYMPHONY

BIO

Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony and winner of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award in 2014, 2017, and 2019, 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.

 

During the 2019-2020 Season, Lee will make his subscription debuts with the Naples Philharmonic with Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the piano, the Amarillo Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra with soprano Julia Bullock, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to 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, 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. 

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. 

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. 

 

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.

 

CALENDAR

Due to the ongoing pandemic, all concerts after March 10, 2020 have been canceled. Please check back later for an updated agenda starting September 2020. Thank you for your understanding.

2019/2020 Concerts:

 
[CANCELED] Naples Philharmonic: Ravel and Thibaudet
Artis—Naples
[CANCELED] Naples Philharmonic: Ravel and Thibaudet
Artis—Naples
[CANCELED] Amarillo Symphony: Hollywood Masters
Globe-News Center for the Performing Art
[CANCELED] Amarillo Symphony: Hollywood Masters
Globe-News Center for the Performing Art
Seattle Symphony: Aubrey Logan
Benaroya Hall
Seattle Symphony: [untitled] 2
Benaroya Hall
Seattle Symphony: Community Concert at Seattle City Hall
Seattle City Hall
Seattle Symphony: Community Concert in Renton
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center
Time for Three with the Seattle Symphony
Benaroya Hall
Seattle Symphony: Community Concert in Haller Lake
Ingraham High School
Seattle Symphony: Community Concert in Tukwila
Foster Performing Arts Center
Seattle Symphony: Rick Steves' Europe: A Symphonic Journey (1)
Benaroya Hall
Seattle Symphony: Rick Steves' Europe: A Symphonic Journey
Benaroya Hall
Seattle Symphony: The Four Seasons
Benaroya Hall
Seattle Symphony: The Four Seasons
Benaroya Hall
Seattle Symphony: The Four Seasons
Benaroya Hall
Seattle Symphony: The Four Seasons
Benaroya Hall
Seattle Symphony: The Four Seasons
Benaroya Hall
Seattle Symphony: The Snowman (Family Concert)
Benaroya Hall
Seattle Symphony: Kenny G With the Seattle Symphony
Benaroya Hall
Montana Ballet Company: Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker
Willson Auditorium
Montana Ballet Company: Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker
Willson Auditorium
Montana Ballet Company: Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker
Willson Auditorium
Rochester Philharmonic: Baroque, Bach, and Brazil
Performance Hall at Hochstein
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra: Fanfare and Serenade
Basilica of Saint Josaphat
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra: Fanfare and Serenade
Basilica of Saint Josaphat
Milwuakee Symphony Orchestra: Fanfare and Serenade
Basilica of Saint Josaphat
Seattle Symphony: Side-by-Side Concert with Roosevelt High School
Roosevelt High School Auditorium
Seattle Symphony: Side-by-Side with Garfield High School
Garfield High School Auditorium
Seattle Symphony: Family Concert Series - The Magic Flute
Benaroya Hall

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© 2019 LEE MILLS