A classical and jazz saxophonist, Cheng-Yu Lee teaches saxophone and jazz history/appreciation/theory and performance at National Taipei University of Education, Hsinchu University of Education, and Fu-Jen Catholic University.
Mr. Lee earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Department of Civil Engineering at the National Taiwan University in 1997. He then earned a Performance Diploma from Bowling Green State University in 2001, and a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance in 2003.
During the years in the United States, he studied classical saxophone with Dr. John Sampen, Dr. Eugene Rousseau and Dr. Erick Nestler. In Jazz Studies, he studied with James Miglia, Mike Steniel, James Riggs, and John Murphy.
Mr. Lee leads the Onyx Jazz Quartet and won 2st Prize in the Chrysler & ICRT Jazz Competition in 2005, and the Creative Award in the Land Music Awards in 2006. IN 2007, the Onyx Jazz Quartet released their first CD, Reliance. Lee released his first classical album Fantaisie in 2009 and was nominated the Best Arranger Award in the 21st Golden Melody Awards.
Mr. Lee founded and directs the Taipei Jazz Orchestra, one of the preeminent big bands in Asia. His book, Jazz Theory for Novices, was published in 2007 by Mercury Publishing House.
Cheng-Yu Lee is an Antigua Artist.