Sora Elisabeth Lee
“Sora Elisabeth directs the Orchester Philharmonique de Strasbourg like an inexorably rising wave. The sounds, liquid or pasty, are worked with poetry or expressiveness, with melancholy or energy"
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Sora Elisabeth Lee, conductor
Opera National du Rhin.
Strauss, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Verdi (excerpt)
Sora Elisabeth Lee, conductor
Conductor Sora Elisabeth Lee is currently at the Orchestre de Paris as assistant conductor. During the season she will assist music director Klaus Mäkelä as well as various guest conductors. Alongside these duties she has been invited as guest conductor of the Orchestre national Île-de-France at the Philharmonie de Paris, Opera Carmen at the Théatre National de l'opéra Comique, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Orchestre Pasdeloup at the Salle Gaveau, and will make her ballet conducting debut at the Opéra national du Rhin.
For the 2021-22 season she was assistant conductor at the Opéra national du Rhin. While there she was assistant conductor for four different productions and undertook the musical direction of Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. She was also called upon to jump in for the French premiere of the opera Die Vögel by Walter Braunfels for which she obtained the honour of a standing ovation.
Performance highlights to date include concerts with Les Siècles at the Cité de la Musique, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Orchestre symphonique région Centre-Val de Loire/Tours at the Festival de Chambord, the Opéra orchestre national Montpellier at le Corum, and a provincial tour with the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg.
Sora Elisabeth holds a Master’s in Orchestral Conducting with distinction from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris. Her training in France was preceded by a Bachelor's in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Germany. Parallel to her studies, Sora Elisabeth conducted the BBC Philharmonic, the Münchner Symphoniker, the Münchener Kammerorchester, the Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt, the Dresdner Philharmonie Kammerorchester, the Orchestre régional Avignon-Provence, and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV. She gathered further inspiration from Fabio Luisi (Fondazione Arturo Toscanini), Stefan Asbury (Tanglewood Music Center Conducting Fellowship Program), Jorma Panula (Panula Academy), Richard Hetherington and Mark Shanahan (Royal Opera House Covent Garden), Clark Rundell and Mark Heron (Royal Northern College of Music), as well as Lawrence Foster, Ed Spanjaard, and Ekkehard Klemm.
The ambitious young musician is also an award-winning solo and collaborative pianist. Her sensitivity and vast experience make her a sought-after collaborative partner for instrumentalists and singers alike, as evidenced by her Prize for Best Accompanist at the 2014 International Joseph Suder Lied Competition in Nürnberg, Germany.
Sora Elisabeth has a great appreciation for the importance of language and has learned German, English, French and Italian since moving to Europe in 2012. She is currently based in Paris, France.