Matthew Lee (Trumpet) is an active freelance musician in the Chicago area. In addition to his duties as principal trumpet of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, he performs with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Tower Brass, Millar Brass Ensemble and Chicago Brass Quintet. He frequently performs as an extra and substitute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. As a soloist, Lee has performed with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He was the winner of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago concerto competition and performed the Concerto in D by G.P. Telemann. Howard Reich of the Chicago Sun Times praised the performance as “light, bright…a real tour de force.”
Lee was also a semi-finalist in the Maurice Andre International Trumpet Competition held in Paris, France and in the New York Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City. In addition to his active career in Chicago as a performer, Lee teaches at the DePaul University School of Music and Elmhurst College. Lee holds degrees from Northwestern University and Western Illinois University. His principal teachers include Vincent Cichowicz and Adolph Herseth. He has recorded several times with the Chicago Symphony and can be heard with the Millar Brass Ensemble on the Koss, Crystal and Delos International Labels.