Philip Lee

Cello Teacher

Philip Lee

SAA Member


Niles, IL

**Philip Lee is currently a cellist based in Chicago, Illinois. Philip began his studies at the age of 7 at the Music Institute of Chicago under the tutelage of Blake Brasch, where he was a scholarship recipient at the prestigious Academy Program. During this time he was selected to perform in the Young Steinway Concert Series and was awarded first prize in the Society of American Musicians Competition. Philip then went on to study with David Ying at the Eastman School of Music where he was also enrolled at the University of Rochester, where he pursued a Degree in Mathematics. Philip went on to complete graduate studies at DePaul University with Chicago Symphony Orchestra member Brant Taylor, and Indiana University with former Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Cellist, Peter Stumpf. Philip has held positions in the Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

As a teacher, Philip Lee is passionate about working with students of all ages and backgrounds. Through his teachers and musical mentors, Philip has felt the transformative power music can have on enriching life. With this knowledge, Philip intends to share this experience with as many people as possible. Presently, Philip is the Cello Teaching Artist at the Chicago Arts and Music Project, Cello Teacher at Vernon Hills High School, and on faculty at DePaul University’s Community Music Division. Prior to this, he has held positions at the People’s Music School as well as Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South High Schools. In addition to music, Philip enjoys reading and hanging out with his cat Samantha.