“World-class soloist” IATC
Harmonica player Gordon LEE garnered international attention when he won the champion prize at the prestigious World Harmonica Festival 2017 in Germany. As a Hong Kong native, he has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, MuTh Concert Hall in Vienna, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in Singapore and at the International Harmonica Festival in Seoul. He has appeared as soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the Asian Youth Orchestra. His solo classical repertoire includes Spivakovsky’s Concerto for Harmonica, Lobos’s Concerto for Harmonica and Benjamin’s Concerto for Harmonica, among others.
In addition, he has performed on stage with the renowned classical music comedy duo Igudesman & Joo and pop singers such as Eason Chan, Jacky Cheung, Hins Cheung, Alan Tam, Hacken Lee and Leon Lai. Often invited as a guest soloist in live concerts, he appeared in Hunan Television’s 2016 reality show I Am a Singer as a harmonica soloist. He has also recorded various television programmes, albums and DVDs. Gordon Lee's mentors include Franz Chmel, Sigmund Groven and the two-time Grammy Award Winner Howard Levy. He also studied under Sheng master Cheng Tak-wai.
His latest album, “Gordon Lee and his Encore Trio”, was released in 2018 and received worldwide international acclaim and recognition. Gordon is also the founder of the Hong Kong Harmonica Academy and currently teaches at the University of Hong Kong and The Education University of Hong Kong. He is often sought after to host talks and workshops on modern harmonica techniques. He was invited to be the member of the panel of jury for the Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival, the Seoul International Harmonica Festival and the World Harmonica Festival. In 2022, Lee became the first Hong-Konger to hold a solo harmonica recital in the Hong Kong City Hall concert hall. Having a full house, Lee played seven encores to add a magnificent finishing touch to the concert. The recital was critically acclaimed and received overwhelmingly positive response from the public.