MODEL: 18K Gold Clad 1707PS
HEADJOINT: HJ-1707 Classic
ALTUS SINCE: 2002
AFFILIATION: Toronto Philharmonic, Whole Musician
INFLUENCES: Jessye Norman, Wibb, My Friends
Recognised for his interpretive ability, wide-ranging tone colour and expressive playing, Altus Artist Christopher Lee is a laureate of the 2007 AGIMUS International Competition, Italy.
“From the first note I knew you had what I search for in the flute – originality, creativity and a subtle sense of humour with all the technique to go with it” – Dr. Atarah Ben-Tovim, former Principal flute Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
“…an amazing spectrum of tone colours.” – wholenote Magazine
“Magnificent” – John Terauds, freelance critic for the Toronto Star
Chris is currently Principal Flute of the Toronto Philharmonia, an orchestra he joined in 1991. From 1988 to 1991 he was Principal Flute of the Band of the Royal Regiment of Canada with whom he toured and recorded. In 2013 he was appointed flutist with the new ensemble, Euphonia.
Chris has performed with numerous orchestras including the Windsor Symphony, Hamilton Ballet Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto, Canadian Sinfonietta, the touring orchestra of “Scotland the Brave”, the Grand Salon Orchestra, the Ontario Philhamonic and Kingston Symphony. From 1994 to 2007 he also performed with the Huntsville Festival Symphony at the Huntsville Festival of the Arts.
As a soloist he has been a featured guest for several organizations and venues including the British Embassy Church of St.George in Madrid, Spain, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Oakville Centre for the Arts, the Canadian Flute Association (including the 2013 Convention), the Ottawa Flute Association, and the Los Angeles Flute Guild. In 2014 he heads to England to perform at the British Flute Society’s Convention. He has performed in Canada, the United States and Europe and there have been performances for the heads of state (former and current) of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway.
Chris is a founding faculty member of the Whole Musician. He performed and taught at the retreat in California June 2014 and next heads to London, UK for the second retreat in August 2014.
On recording he has released two CD’s to date. The first “My Lucky Life” of music for flute, harp and violin, and the latest release (2011) “Bailar conmigo” (the World Premiere Recording of “Mistero” a work written for Chris by Christopher Caliendo specifically for this recording) of music for flute and guitar. He also appears on two recordings with singer/songwriter Michael Holt (“Windows” and “the Dawn Chorus”), “Sentimentale” with flutist Samantha Chang and “A Child Born There” with soprano Catherine Morrow and pianist Norm Nurmi.
He served on the jury for the first Canadian Flute Association competition in 2010 and gave two masterclasses for them in Vancouver B.C. in 2011.
Chris began formal study of flute at the age of 19 at the Royal Conservatory of Music and one year later entered the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He subsequently went on to be awarded the Licentiate in flute performance from Trinity College of Music, London, England and completed the Orchestral Training Program at the Royal Conservatory of Music. His teachers and masterclass instructors have included Susan Hoeppner, Julius Baker, William Bennett O.B.E., and Donald Peck.
Chris is also a Certified Personal Trainer Specialist (PTS/CPR-A) who specialises in helping musicians become more fit to be able to better handle the demands of their performing careers.
Chris performs on the handmade Altus Flute by Suichi Tanaka. His baroque flute is a 1796 Grenser copy made by Boaz Berney.