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  "Jihye Lee is emerging as a strong voice in the 'next generation' of composers for large jazz ensemble.  Her music is imaginative and creative.  And she's not afraid to take some exciting chances in her writing.  I strongly urge you to check her out!"      - Jim McNeely-


2018  BMI/Charlie Parker prize and Manny Albam commission winner Jihye Lee is a New York-based jazz composer, bandleader, and vocalist. She released her first orchestra album, April, in February 2017, with a special guest Sean Jones, garnering global praise as a fresh original voice on the jazz composition scene.

The Jihye Lee Orchestra has performed at various places in NYC, such as Symphony Space, Jazz Gallery, etc. Lee has presented her music in Washington DC, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Korea at notable venues, including the Berklee Performance Center, Blue Whale, The Triple Door, Maria Callas Hall and DC Jazz Festival.

Lee graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music with numerous awards and scholarships, including prestigious Duke Ellington Award two consecutive years, learning from and working with world-renowned faculty, including Jim McNeely and Greg Hopkins. She has studied privately with multi-Grammy Award recipients Maria Schneider and Terrence Blanchard, and attended workshops with John Clayton and Robin Eubanks.

Lee continues to create original compositions, while performing, teaching, and doing commissions. Besides her orchestral work, she is planning to release her original duet album with pianists Yoonseung Cho and Vardan Ovsepian in later 2018.