Canadian oboist Hugo Lee has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in venues across Canada and New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, under the studio of Elaine Douvas.
Born in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Hugo began his studies under the guidance of Wendy Bornstein, later continuing his studies with Keith Atkinson in Toronto.
Hugo’s solo performances have been covered under the New York Times, Musical Toronto and the New York Classical Review. In October 2014, he won the Juilliard Oboe Concerto Competition, and subsequently performed the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto with The Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Edward Gardner.
In June 2015 Hugo was announced as the fifth winner of the annual Michael Measures prize, a $25 000 award presented by the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. In August 2015 he completed a cross-country tour of the Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto with the National Youth Orchestra, led by conductor Michael Francis.
A frequent collaborator in new music, Hugo has also played with the New Juilliard Ensemble led by Dr. Joel Sachs, with whom he appeared as a soloist in January 2016 playing Ursula Mamlok’s Concerto for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra.
In 2017, Hugo completed a 13-concert chamber tour of Eastern Canada under the touring organization Jeunesses Musicales Canada with a programme titled Postcards From France, along with cellist Cameron Crozman and pianist Philip Chiu.
When not playing the oboe, Hugo is a private teacher, professional reedmaker and a casual computer programmer. As an advocate for both arts and technology, he strives to find new ways to use technology to push at the limits of classical and avant-garde styles alike.
Hugo currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.