Christopher Lee (Canada) – June 20 2017


Altus Flutes Artist Christopher Lee is a laureate of the AGIMUS International Competition in Italy and grant recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts. From 1991 to 2013 he was Principal Flute of the Toronto Philharmonia.

With the art of the recital in his focus now, his performances in Canada, the USA, South America and Europe have garnered the acclaim of reviewers, colleagues and audience alike.

“An amazing spectrum of tone colours” ­
Wholenote Magazine

“Magnificent” ­
John Terauds, freelance critic for the Toronto Star

“From the very first note I knew you have what I search for in the flute – originality, creativity and a subtle sense of humour with all the technique to go with it”
Dr. Atarah Ben­Tovim former Principal Flute Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

“Christopher Lee and Richard Shaw (pianist) have gone above and beyond by moving the entire audience”
PAN the Journal of the British Flute Association

“Transcendental! I really can’t describe Christopher’s wonderful playing. What a magician!”
Richard Shaw, pianist.

Chris is a Certified Personal Trainer and a founding faculty member of Whole Musician. A team of four flutists with unique qualifications providing all ­encompassing retreats in North America and Europe. In addition to masterclasses, Chris presents workshops on Interpretation, Fitness, Recording, and Career Guidance.

He has given recitals and masterclasses in Los Angeles, London, Venice, Lima, Madrid, Wyoming, Vancouver, Ottawa, Oklahoma (Northeastern State University and Oklahoma State University), Texas (University of Texas Arlington and University of North Texas), Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Duluth (University of Minnesota Duluth) and for the Los Angeles Flute Guild and the Ottawa Flute Association.

A regular festival guest, he has appeared at the Festival Internacional de Flautistas de Lima Peru (2015, 2016), Encontro de Flautistas in Porto Alegre Brazil (2016), the British Flute Society Convention (2014), the Canadian Flute Association Convention (2013, 2015). 2017 will include appearances at the X Festival Internacional de Flautas de Costa Rica, the Panama Association of Flutists in July and the 45th National Flute Association Convention in Minneapolis in August as well as across Canada.  

He has also performed with other orchestras including the Windsor Symphony, Niagara Symphony, Ontario Philharmonic, Hamilton Ballet Orchestra, and Sinfonia Toronto. From 1989 to 1991 he was Principal Flute of the Band of the Royal Regiment of Canada and from 1994 to 2007 he also played with the Huntsville Festival Symphony during the summer.

On recording he has released two discs; “My Lucky Life” of music for flute, harp and violin and “Bailar conmigo” of music for flute and guitar. He also appears as guest on several other recordings with Samantha Chang, Michael Holt, Euphonia, Morrow and Nurmi and a future recording with the Amadeus Choir.

Chris began formal studies on flute at the age of 19 at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Subsequent studies followed at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and he received a licentiate in flute performance from Trinity College of Music, London, England.

Chris performs on the handmade Altus Flute by Suichi Tanaka.

Check out a video of Chris and Vincenzo playing Piazzolla!


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