South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra - Rocky Lee
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SCYSO Artistic Director & Principal Conductor, Maestro Rocky Lee, is a graduate of Chapman University, where he studied conducting with Maestro John Koshak and violin performance with Mischa Lefkowitz. With more than a decade of experience, he has become one of the most respected music educators in Southern California. His revolutionary approach to music education has made classical music enjoyable and simple to grasp for young musicians.
As a conductor, he has received accolades in the United States and abroad. Under his leadership, his orchestras have represented California on four international concert tours performing in Czech Republic & Austria in 2005, Italy in 2007, Spain in 2009 and England, Ireland & Wales in 2011. The orchestras were received with great applause performing in the magnificent cities of Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Florence, Venice, Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Costa del Sol, Granada, Dublin, Cardiff & London.
His work in conducting and education has earned him recognition from the European Cultural Initiative for the Young Generation, presented to him by Dr. Jutta Unkart-Seifert. Together with his staff of selected professional musicians, his orchestras create an environment where young musicians are challenged and encouraged to develop and refine their musical abilities. Maestro Lee challenges the musicians to achieve their highest potential from every stage of their musical development. These attributes can be recognized by the enthusiasm expressed by the orchestras he conducts.