Distorted lyricism and scenic elements with visionary soundscape are characteristic of Yongbom Lee’s work. His compositions include from instrumental concert music to electronic, film and theatre music. Blending analogue with digital, signal with noise, traditional with experimental, his ambition is to make music that transcends genre and style. His artistic interest also extends to broadening the scope of sound art through taking inspirations from other disciplines.
Born in Seoul in 1987, he graduated in composition at the Yonsei University in Seoul (BMus) and in 2016 with distinction at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Mag. art.). He studied composition with Michael Jarrell, Johannes Maria Staud, Iris Ter-Schiphorst and Cheong-mook Kim, music theory with Gesine Schröder. He was stipendiary composer at the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) 2017/18 in Frankfurt and fellow artist at the Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute 2022 in Scotland, UK.
He has received numerous prizes and grants such as, Ö1 Talentebörse Composition Award 2016, Promotion Award of the City of Vienna for the Music 2018, 1st composition prize at the VII. International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna, State Scholarship for Composition from the Federal Chancellery of Austria, Working Scholarship for Composition from Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts and GVL Scholarship Program in Germany. In 2022, he was selected for his portrait CD by Edition Zeitgenössische Musik (EZM), which will be released by WERGO. ORF Ö1 (Austria) and Rai Südtirol (Italy) sent portrait radio broadcast about him and his works.
His works are published by viennese publisher Doblinger and Universal Edition. He is composer and founding member of Broken Frames Syndicate in Offenbach am Main and Neuro-Music collective aiar in Leipzig. Since 2018 Yongbom Lee has been a lecturer at the University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig.