Maestro Jong-Jin Lee started playing the violin at the age of six. He went to the United States of America at the age of 14 as a full time scholarship student at Crossroads School for Arts and Science. He attended the Juilliard Pre-College. He graduated from the Juilliard School, and also graduated from the Graduate School of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a full scholarship student. He went on to receive another master degree from Seoul National University also as a full scholarship student as well.
Performed with many ensembles as a violinist and a violist all over the world from Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Baltimore, Urbana-Champaign; Nice, France; Toronto, Canada, & Korea, and performed as the guest concertmaster of Seoul I Musici Ensemble and Prime Orchestra, and served as the guest violin principle for Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, New Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a violist, he appeared as guest viola principle for Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra and Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the past, he has taught classes and conducted orchestras at Seoul National University, Dankook University, Korea National University of Arts, Wonju National University, Dankook University, Sungshin Women’s University, Dongduk Women’s University and Seokyeung University. He also conducted Korea’s leading orchestras such as KBS Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra, Jeonju Philharmonic Orchestra and Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Korea’s leading ensembles such as Baroque Ensemble (Korea Chamber Ensemble), Korea Festival Ensemble and Daejeon Catholic Chamber Orchestra.
He conducted Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra of Bulgaria, Silpakorn University Orchestra of Thailand, Opole Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland, Orquestra Sinfonica de la UANL Monterrey, as well as Geidai Philharmonia of Tokyo National University of Arts in Tokyo in 2005. He was the first Korean conductor to conduct the orchestra in 120 year history. He was a visiting researcher at the Conducting Department of Tokyo National University of arts for 2 years from 2005 to2006.
Maestro Lee has conducted Operas such as Mozart’s „Don Giovanni“ and „Magic Flute“, Verdi’s „La Traviata“ & “Rigoletto“, Leoncavallo’s „I Pagliacci“, Poulenc’s „Human Voice“, and Humperdinck’s “Hansel und Gretel”, Rimsky-Korsakov’s „Mozart and Salieri“ with Korea’s leading opera companies. Maestro served as the Associate Conductor for the production of „La Damnation de Faust“ by Hector Berlioz during the Opera Festival at Seoul Arts Center.
He Served as the Assistant Conductor of Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra and Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has served as the Chief Conductor of Children’s Concert Series with KBS Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2007 seasons. He was the Associate Conductor of Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008~ 2009.
Also, he was a regular guest on Arirang Radio’s “IT CLASSIC” program to spread classic music globally.
He was the Principal conductor of Chungbuk Philharmonic Orchestra; currently, Maestro Lee is the music director and the principal conductor of Chuncheon Philharmonic Orchestra and PanAsia Philharmonia.