Welcome to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and PYSO, Earl Lee!

Introducing New PYSO Music Director
Earl Lee!

The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) has named Earl Lee as new Music Director, beginning his tenure this September at the start of the 2018-2019 season.

He has also been appointed as the new Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO).

Maestro Lee was selected following an extensive search that culminated in a successful audition before the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  He will join PYSO and the PSO fresh from the heels of his tenure as Resident Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Craig Johnson, Executive Director of PYSO says "We are extremely fortunate and excited that Mr. Lee can continue in maintaining the excellent collaborative relationship that has been a long held tradition between the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra."

President and CEO of the PSO's Melia Tourangeau adds; "We are thrilled to have Mr. Lee join the artistic team of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  His background and talent will be a true asset to the organization and we look forward to introducing him to the Pittsburgh Community." 

Mary Persin, Vice President of Artistic Planning.  "He represents the excellence and spirit of the organization and also shares our deep commitment to young people and the community.  We believe that he will make a great impact on our audiences and the entire organization looks forward to working together with him."

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School with degrees in cello, Earl began his conducting studies in 2010 studying with Ignat Solzhenitsyn. In 2013, Lee received his Masters in Conducting from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with George Manahan. Lee continued his post-graduate conducting studies at the New England Conservatory with Hugh Wolff prior to starting his tenure with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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