Orchestral Conductor


Conductor Sora Elisabeth Lee is currently at the Orchestre de Paris as assistant conductor. During the season she will assist music director Klaus Mäkelä as well as various guest conductors. Alongside these duties she has been invited as guest conductor of the Orchestre national Île-de-France at the Philharmonie de Paris, Opera Carmen at the Théatre National de l'opéra Comique, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Orchestre Pasdeloup at the Salle Gaveau, and will make her ballet conducting debut at the Opéra national du Rhin.

For the 2021-22 season she was assistant conductor at the Opéra national du Rhin. While there she was assistant conductor for four different productions and undertook the musical direction of Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. She was also called upon to jump in for the French premiere of the opera Die Vögel by Walter Braunfels for which she obtained the honour of a standing ovation.

Performance highlights to date include concerts with Les Siècles at the Cité de la Musique, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Orchestre symphonique région Centre-Val de Loire/Tours at the Festival de Chambord, the Opéra orchestre national Montpellier at le Corum, and a provincial tour with the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg.

Sora Elisabeth holds a Master’s in Orchestral Conducting with distinction from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris. Her training in France was preceded by a Bachelor's in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Germany. Parallel to her studies, Sora Elisabeth conducted the BBC Philharmonic, the Münchner Symphoniker, the Münchener Kammerorchester, the Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt, the Dresdner Philharmonie Kammerorchester, the Orchestre régional Avignon-Provence, and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV. She gathered further inspiration from Fabio Luisi (Fondazione Arturo Toscanini), Stefan Asbury (Tanglewood Music Center Conducting Fellowship Program), Jorma Panula (Panula Academy), Richard Hetherington and Mark Shanahan (Royal Opera House Covent Garden), Clark Rundell and Mark Heron (Royal Northern College of Music), as well as Lawrence Foster, Ed Spanjaard, and Ekkehard Klemm.

The ambitious young musician is also an award-winning solo and collaborative pianist. Her sensitivity and vast experience make her a sought-after collaborative partner for instrumentalists and singers alike, as evidenced by her Prize for Best Accompanist at the 2014 International Joseph Suder Lied Competition in Nürnberg, Germany.

Sora Elisabeth has a great appreciation for the importance of language and has learned German, English, French and Italian since moving to Europe in 2012. She is currently based in Paris, France.

Sora Elisabeth Lee

Assistant Conductor, Orchestre de Paris/ Paris, France (2022~ )
Assistant Conductor, Opéra national du Rhin/ Strasbourg, France (2021-2022)

2017-2019 Master’s in Orchestral Conducting,
Conservatoire National Supérieur de
Musique et de Danse de Paris, France/ Prof. Alain Altinoglu
2012-2016 Bachelor’s in Orchestral Conducting,
University of Music and Performing Arts
Munich, Germany/ Prof. Bruno Weil

Orchestre de Paris, BBC Philharmonic, Ensemble intercontemporain, Orchestre les Siécles, Orchestre philharmonie de Strasbourg, Munich Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Pasdeloup, Orchestre Regional Avignon-Provence, Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Miskolc, Budapest MAV Orchestra, Orchestre de Picardie, Ingolstadt Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra de chambre de Paris, Royal Northern College of Music Orchestra

Fabio Luisi (Fondazione Arturo Toscanini), Jorma Panula (Panula Academy), Stefan Asbury (Tanglewood Music Center Conducting Fellowship Program), Richard Hetherington, Mark Shanahan (Royal Opera House Covent Garden), Lawrence Foster, Peter Manning, Mark Heron, Clark Rundell (Royal Northern College of Music), Gal Tamas, Ed Spanjaard, Ekkehard Klemm, Alexander Liebreich, Michael Gläser, Rupert Hubert

Best pianist award, Joseph Suder Lied Competition 2014, Germany

German-fluent/ English-fluent/ French-fluent/ Italian-proficient/ Korean-native Language

Recent schedules

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17 JUN 2023
Sinfonieorchester Basel

17 Jun 2023, 19:30
Stadtcasino Basel

Jaques Ibert
Concertino da camera for saxophone and eleven instruments

Cello Concerto Op.37

Piano Concerto No. 1

Clarinet Concerto

Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

6 JUN 2023
Orchestre national d'île-de-France

6 Jun 2023, 20:30
Centre culturel Jacques Prévert, Villeparisis

Olivier Calmel
L’éléphantastique & Départ pour le sabat & Ecce Paris, Ecce Homo

3 JUN 2023
Orchestre national d'île-de-France

3 Jun 2023, 11:00
Centre culturel Jacques Prévert, Villeparisis

Olivier Calmel
L’éléphantastique & Départ pour le sabat & Ecce Paris, Ecce Homo

8 ~ 11 MAY 2023
Orchestre de Paris

8 ~ 11 May 2023, 20:00 (Assistant Conductor)
Grande salle Pierre Boulez, Philharmonie de Paris

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Symphony No.7 "Leningrad"

2, 4 MAY 2023
Orchestre des Champs-Élysées

2, 4 May 2023, 20:00
Salle Favart de Théatre National de l’Opéra Comique, Paris


24 ~ 27 APR 2023
Orchestre de Paris

24 ~ 27 Apr 2023, 20:00
Grande salle Pierre Boulez, Philharmonie de Paris


15 APR 2023
Orchestre Pasdeloup

15 Apr 2023, 16:00
Salle Gaveau, Paris

A midsummer night’s dream “Nocturne” & “Marche nuptiale”

Anna Clyne
Restless Oceans

Joaquin Rodrigo
Concierto de Aranjuez (Guitar: Thibaut Garcia)

Symphony No.6 “Pastoral”


l’Académie d’été de l’Orchestre de Paris - 4 September 2022

Programme: G.Fauré - Pelléas et Mélisande
Grande salle Pierre Boulez, Philharmonie de Paris

Le concert s’ouvre toutefois avec, à la direction, Sora Elisabeth Lee, cheffe assistante de l’Orchestre de Paris, qui propose un Pelléas et Mélisande de Fauré vibrant et habité.
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Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg - 19 January 2022

Programme: Die Vögel - Walter Braunfels
Opera national du Rhin, Strasbourg

“La cheffe dirige l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg comme une vague montant inexorablement. Les sonorités, liquides ou pâteuses, sont travaillées avec poésie ou expressivité, avec mélancolie ou énergie, comme dans le ballet de l’acte II. (…) La jeune cheffe de la maison Sora Elisabeth Lee, obtient aux saluts les honneurs d’une standing ovation.”
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