In this Flute Unscripted interview, Altus Artist Christopher Lee shares more about the role that the flute has played in his life. From the late start on the instrument to his heart attack and health scare at the 2018 NFA Convention, Chris found himself turning to music to find purpose and connect with others.
Altus Flutes Artist and former Principal Flute of the Toronto Philharmonia (1991-2013), Christopher Lee is also a laureate of the AGIMUS International Competition in Italy and grant recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts. He has given recitals and masterclasses across the USA, UK, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Peru, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, Spain, Honduras, and Canada.
A regular festival guest, he has also appeared at the British Flute Society Convention, the Brazilian Association of Flutists (ABRAF), the Los Angeles Flute Guild, the Ottawa Flute Association, the Canadian Flute Association Convention, the CFA Summer In The City Flute Festival and several performances at the National Flute Association Conventions.
Chris has performed with other orchestras including the Windsor Symphony, Niagara Symphony, Ontario Philharmonic, Hamilton Ballet Orchestra, and Sinfonia Toronto. From 1989 to 1991 he was Principal Flute of the Band of the Royal Regiment of Canada and from 1994 to 2007 he also played with the Hunstville Festival Symphony during the summer season.
On recording he has released two discs; “My Lucky Life” of music for flute, harp and violin and “Bailar conmigo” of music for flute and guitar. He also appears as guest on five other recordings with a variety of ensembles including the Amadeus Choir of Toronto.
Chris began formal studies on flute at the age of 19 at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Subsequent studies followed at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and he received a licentiate in flute performance from Trinity College of Music, London, England. Chris is a Certified Personal Trainer and a founding faculty member of Whole Musician.
Chris performs on the handmade Altus Flute by Suichi Tanaka