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Jinjun Lee

Biography

Lee Jinjun (following the naming pattern of family name first) (b. 1990, Singapore) is a Singaporean educator, composer and trumpeter.

Mr. Lee studied at the Royal Northern College of Music at the master's level, under the tutelage of Adam Gorb and Paul Patterson. He also studied the trumpet under Singapore Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet Jon Dante at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music under a full scholarship.

Lee Jinjun has been actively involved in the music scene as both a composer and performer for the past 10 years. As a member of the Composers Society of Singapore, his works have been conducted by renowned composer Johan de Meij, Mark Heron, Alvin Arumugam, and Adrian Tan, and performed by the Singapore Wind Symphony, Singapore Management University Symphonia and the Raffles Winds. Recently, his piece Autumnal Fireworks clinched the first prize at the Singapore International Band Festival Composition Competition in the Grade 4 category. In 2014, What Does the Future Hold? won the first prize at the World Projects Composition Contest 2014, and was premiered by the Riverside City College Wind Ensemble in the Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the 2015 Los Angeles International Music Festival. His orchestral work Terraces earned him a Fellowship in the Banaue Music Composition Competition 2018.

Recently, Jinjun was commissioned by the Ministry of Education Arts Education Branch to compose the set pieces for the Singapore Youth Festival 2019 Arts Presentation for concert bands, resulting in the creation of two modular wind band works, Festival on Earth and Party in Space. His trumpet solo showpiece Variations on Chan Mali Chan was premiered by trumpet virtuoso Joe Burgstaller in 2014. He has since then received commissions from major figures and organizations, such as Timothy Reynish, the Royal Northern College of Music, Brighouse and Rastrick Band and the Orchestra of the Music Makers. Jinjun also writes arrangements for symphonic bands and orchestras,.

Besides writing for large ensembles, Jinjun also actively composes chamber music. Sea Stars for trombone quintet was performed by the Trombone Society (Singapore), as part of the Singapore Low Brass Festival 2015. Four Dances for Three, a trumpet, trombone and piano work, was also performed in “Cool Classics”, a series of public recitals presented by Esplanade - Theatres by the Bay. His Concertino for Euphonium for solo euphonium and brass sextet was recorded by Steven Mead

Jinjun also played the role of a mentor for the Young Composer’s Challenge organised by the SWS, and has also given talks on various aspects of composition at the YCC as well as at the Wind Band Association Singapore Youth Band Festival and the Band Directors Association Festival Winds Honour Band. He also ran a composition course for students of the Naval Base Secondary Symphonic Band.

Besides composing, Jinjun also performs with numerous groups, including the Orchestra of the Music Makers (OMM), Lion City Brass Band, Raffles Winds, and has taken part in the prestigious Cheltenham Festival of Music with OMM. He also studied the trumpet under Singapore Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet Jon Dante at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music under a full scholarship.


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