Sanghoo Lee

Sanghoo Lee is a violist and conductor hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. He is currently a junior at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with a double major in Viola Performance and Arts Administration. As a student of renowned British viola soloist Helen Callus, Sanghoo is the Third Prize winner of the Northwestern Viola Prize 2023, performing the second movement of Ernest Bloch’s 1919 Suite for Viola and Piano with pianist Nathan Canfield. A capable orchestral performer, he has appeared in concerts with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Victor Yampolsky, Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under the direction of Benjamin Zander. Sanghoo has performed in concert halls across the world including the Berlin Konzerthaus, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Sala São Paulo, and the Vienna Konzerthaus. A passionate teacher, Sanghoo believes strongly in nurturing the next generation of musicians and has taught schoolchildren of various ages in both viola and violin. He has held teaching positions with the Community Music Center of Boston, Powers Music School, and Evanston Young Artists, and maintains a strong studio with both online and in person presences. Sanghoo currently studies conducting with Matthew Sheppard, and previous mentors include Nicholas Koo and Victor Yampolsky. In December 2022, Sanghoo was selected as one of twenty-four conductors to attend the Conducting Masterclass and Workshop Series (CMWS) in Chicago to study works by Bartok, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Grieg under the guidance of Donald Schleicher and Russell Miller. When Sanghoo is not performing, he can be found giving campus tours of the Bienen School of Music or spending time with his family and friends.