Grammy and Emmy Award winning Conductor, Music Director, Pianist, Arranger/Orchestrator/Composer, Lee Musiker has established a distinguished and multifaceted career as both soloist and collaborator with the premier artists in the Classical, Operatic, Broadway, Jazz and Pop music genres. show more bio

Lee Musiker

Grammy and Emmy Award winning Conductor, Music Director, Pianist, Arranger/Orchestrator/Composer Lee Musiker has established a distinguished and multifaceted career as both soloist and collaborator with the premier artists in the Classical, Operatic, Broadway, Jazz and Pop music genres.

Mr. Musiker has guest conducted The New York Philharmonic, the Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Honolulu, Houston, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, National Symphony Orchestras and was Music Director/Principal Conductor of the Palm Beach Pops for the 2014/15 season. Other conducting credits include the Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Henry Mancini Institute Orchestras, and Music Director/Conductor for the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.

A Steinway Artist, pianist Lee Musiker has performed with the New York Philharmonic and Principal Brass Quintet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Pops, Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops and Hollywood Bowl Orchestras. Lee is a recipient of Grammy and Emmy awards, a Platinum Album, was a guest on NPR's Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz", Judy Carmichael's "Jazz Inspired" and was featured in Steinway and Keyboard magazines. Television appearances include PBS "Live from Lincoln Center" and "Great Performances".

As arranger/orchestrator/composer, Mr. Musiker has written for symphonic, chamber and pops orchestras, big band, brass quintet, for classical, operatic, Broadway, jazz and cabaret artists, and for recordings, film, television and jingles.  As an educator, Mr. Musiker has served on the faculties of the Mannes School of Music, New School, New York University, has given Masterclasses at The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Program, Indiana University and most recently was a visiting Artist-in-residence at the Tanglewood Music Center.

A native New Yorker and a fourth-generation musician, Lee received degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Eastman School of Music, with further studies at The Juilliard School and Bard College. After a two-year tour as pianist with the Buddy Rich Band, he returned to New York and played in the orchestra pits of many hit Broadway shows. From 2001-2013 Lee toured as Music Director/Pianist for Tony Bennett- recordings include the multiple Grammy and Emmy award-winning albums "Tony Bennett: Duets—An American Classic", "Duets 2", and the Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga collaboration "Cheek to Cheek".

Lee Musiker has performed and/or recorded with this platinum roster of artists;

Classical Vocalists: Kathleen Battle, Harolyn Blackwell, Stephanie Blythe, Andrea Bocelli, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Josh Groban, Nathan Gunn, Marilyn Horne, Sylvia McNair, Julia Migenes, Dawn Upshaw, Deborah Voigt.

Jazz/Pop Vocalists: Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, Ann Hampton Callaway, Natalie Cole, Judy Collins, Michael Feinstein, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Jewel, Billy Joel, Elton John, Norah Jones, Chaka Kahn, Diana Krall, kd Lang, Cyndi Lauper, Seth MacFarlane, Manhattan Transfer, John Mayer, Paul McCartney, Diane Reeves, Rod Stewart, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Mel Tormé.

Broadway Vocalists: Kristin Chenoweth, Barbara Cook, Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, Kelli O'Hara, Audra McDonald, Maureen McGovern, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Rita Moreno, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters.

Instrumentalists: Joshua Bell, George Benson, Chris Botti, Eddie Daniels, Dave Koz, Wynton Marsalis, John Pizzarelli, Buddy Rich, Doc Severinson, Byron Stripling, Jeff Tyzik

Composers: John Barry, Cy Coleman, Marvin Hamlisch, Mitch Leigh, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Mark Shaiman, John Williams, Maury Yeston.