A versatile musician, Sung Lee plays period oboes, traverso, and recorders with many ensembles that specialize in baroque and classical music. The principal oboist of Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and Bach Collegium Fort Wayne, Sung also plays with the Haymarket Opera Company, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Bourbon Baroque, Mountainside Baroque, Chatham Baroque, and the Callipygian Players. He works in Houston, TX with Mercury Baroque and the Bach Society Houston, and in Wisconsin with the Madison Bach Musicians.
This past season (2016-2017), Sung performed two sets of Bach cantatas on the inaugural Opus 327 season with Ars Antigua at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, IL. This fall, he will be premiering new works of contemporary composers with the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble in Chicago. In recent years, Sung has also collaborated with Ensemble Lipzodes on Renaissance shawms and recorders.
Sung holds undergraduate degrees in architecture and music therapy, and a master’s degree in historical oboe performance from Indiana University where he studied with his mentor and teacher, Washington McClain. Sung is a certified piano tuner, and for the past 12 years, has also worked as an administrator for Indiana University’s Historical Performance Institute.
While serving as president of the board of the Bloomington Early Music Festival, Sung led the organization in a collaboration with violinist Janelle Davis that brought together local visual artists, music students, and renowned early music specialists. The event, Be Brave, My Beauty, benefited a local women’s shelter, Middle Way House.
Sung can be heard on the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra’s recording, “All Hail the Sun King” (2014) directed by Barthold Kuijken, as well as their upcoming release, “The Versailles Revolution.”