A native of Korea, Okkyung Lee has been developing her own voice in a contemporary cello performance, improvisation and composition for more than a decade by blending and pushing the boundaries between different styles of music such as classical, korean traditional music, jazz and noise.
Since moving to New York in 2000, She has released more than 40 albums including the latest solo record Ghil procuded by Lasse Marhaug on EditionsMego/Ideologic Organ, Noisy Love Songs (for George Dyer) on Tzadik, and has been touring extensively in the United States and Europe.
Okkyung’s versatility has led her to collaborate with numerous artists such as Laurie Anderson, David Behrman, John Butcher, Chris Corsano, John Edwards, Douglas Gordon, Jenny Hval, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Christian Marclay, Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori, Lawrence D “Butch” Morris, Marina Rosenfeld, Jim o’Rourke, Evan Parker, Wadada Leo Smith and John Zorn to name just a few.
As a composer, she has received a composer commission from New York State Council On The Arts in 2007 and Foundation For Contemporary Arts Grant in 2010 in Music/Sound. In November 2013, Okkyung curated the 27th edition of Music Unlimited Festival in Wels, Austria titled "The Most Beautiful Noise In The World".