Artistic Director

Trey Lee


Hailed as a “miracle” by Gramophone, Trey Lee enthralls audiences with a virtuosity that combines intellectual sophistication and a profound depth of emotions. His concerto debut at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage earned him a standing ovation, with The New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini declaring him “the excellent cellist…with enveloping richness and lyrical sensitivity.” The late Lorin Maazel praised him as “a marvelous protagonist…a superb cellist” after conducting Trey in Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

2023 and 2024 highlights include touring with Camerata Salzburg, the season opening concert in London with the English Chamber Orchestra, a recital tour of 11 cities in China, and concerto performances in Paris, Berlin, Milan, Vienna and Budapest. Notable musicians Trey has worked with include conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yuri Bashmet, Mikko Franck, Hannu Lintu, Juanjo Mena, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Vassily Sinaisky and Dima Slobodeniouk; the philharmonics of BBC, Netherlands, Radio France; the Tapiola Sinfonietta; the Moscow Soloists; and the chamber orchestras of London, Mantova, Munich, Stuttgart and Romanian Radio, among others.

Seeking to increase the expressive possibilities of the cello, Trey has re-arranged Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, which he debuted with the Trondheim Soloists followed by a tour of Norway. Wang Liping’s The Dream of the Red Chamber Capriccio, co-rearranged by Trey, was premiered with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore, Trey has given world premieres of two pieces dedicated to him: Bright Sheng’s The Blazing Mirage (recorded for Naxos) and contemporary Finnish composer Kirmo Lintinen’s Cello Concerto.

Trey is a laureate of major international competitions, including First Prize at the International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition. His debut and recital albums were distributed by EMI with critical acclaim; recent recordings include a recital by Deutsche Welle television, the German public international broadcaster.

Trey plays on the 1703 “Comte de Gabriac” cello by Venetian master maker Matteo Goffriller.

Trey Lee, Cello