Kangsu Lee

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New Age - Meditative | New York, United States
Total Song Plays: 511   
Member Since: 2004
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About the Composer

Kangsu Lee's first theatre motion picture viewing experience was "Ben-Hur." He was quite a young boy and did not understand much of it, but it was all quite an experience, especially the score. Lee has been hooked on music ever since.

When in high school he was especially struck by the artistry of one of his piano-playing relatives, whereupon he started learning to play the piano by himself. The very first piano piece he tried to master was "Ballade pour Adeline" by Richard Clayderman. That opened the door for him to classical music and to classical jazz and he was especially captivated by works like Chopin's Ã?â?°tudes, Beethoven's piano sonatas, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. The pure joy he experienced listening, playing, analyzing, and transcribing made him lose track of time.

Once, Lee was invited to provide piano accompaniment for a monologue performance at a local church; that was his first live performance. Then for a few years he was involved in accompanying one of his friends, a soprano vocalist, an experience which led him to analyze chords and chord progression, and develop his skill in piano accompaniment. He continued to play the piano and keyboard with a few Korean church bands. This led him to the study of music theory, harmony, and counterpoint, which came in handy when it came to composing and arranging scores for bands and voice. Later, he participated in the production of gospel and pop music as a composer, arranger and performer (piano and keyboard).

At that point Lee decided that he was ready to move beyond the amateur. He moved from Korea to New York to pursue the study of music, and earned a bachelor's degree at the State University of New York / Purchase, majoring in studio composition. He went on to earn a masters degree in music technology (film scoring) from New York University.

Inasmuch as MIDI orchestration was the subject of his master's thesis, this tool has been his primary vehicle for experimenting and producing film scores. His other film scoring involved a variety of styles, including slow-pop ballad, Korean folk music, and electronic dance. He also has considerable experience conducting choirs.?

For the past dozen years in New York Lee has been working with music libraries such as Beat Suite, Samshtrax, Kingsize Production Music, and MusicBeyond. He just fulfilled the contract with Sony/ATV.

Among Kangsu Lee's score for film, "Reaching For the Stars" has been peer-chosen to be among Unique Soundtracks Top Ten, and also Broadjam's New York Top Ten. In addition, "Fantasia" has landed in Broadjam's Fan Picks Top Ten (all in 2005). Earlier, he participated in an ASCAP film-scoring workshop, held at New York University in memory of Buddy Baker (2002).

Lee now divides his time between New York, Seoul, and Hong Kong.