Thomas Oboe Lee

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Thomas Oboe Lee
Born (1945-09-05) September 5, 1945 (age 78)

Thomas Oboe Lee (born September 5, 1945) is a Chinese American composer.[1]


Lee was born in Beijing, China. His family left Communist China in 1949 and lived in Hong Kong until 1959, when he moved to São Paulo, Brazil. He emigrated to the United States in the summer of 1966.

Lee's musical education began in Brazil during the Bossa Nova craze. He performed as a jazz flutist with many illustrious Brazilian musicians, including the singer/songwriter Chico Buarque de Hollanda. He continued his music education in the United States at the University of Pittsburgh, the New England Conservatory of Music and Harvard University. He taught at Berklee College of Music.[2] He has been a professor of music at Boston College since the fall of 1990.[3]

In 1981, Lee and five other composers from the New England Conservatory formed a composers group called "Composers in Red Sneakers." The group produced a number of successful concerts in the Boston-Cambridge area. Lee left the group in 1986 to live in Italy for a year when he won the 1987 Rome Prize Fellowship.

Lee's music has won many other awards and Fellowships: two Guggenheim Fellowship awards,[4] two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowships, the 1985 Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters,[5] First Prize at the 1983 Friedheim Kennedy Center Awards for his Third String Quartet ... child of Uranus, father of Zeus, recording grants from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.


Lee's work "Morango ... Almost A Tango" was written for and recorded by the Kronos Quartet.[6]



  1. ^ "Thomas Oboe Lee | Classical Composers Database". 2002-04-30. Retrieved 2010-07-25.
  2. ^ "Berklee College of Music Catalog 1977-1978". Retrieved 2023-02-16.
  3. ^ "Thomas Oboe Lee, Composer" Archived 2010-06-10 at the Wayback Machine, Boston College
  4. ^ "Thomas Oboe Lee". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. 2000-04-15. Archived from the original on 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  5. ^ "American Academy of Arts and Letters – Award Winners". Archived from the original on 2016-01-31. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  6. ^ ""Morango ... almost a tango" with the Kronos Quartet". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-28.

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