Dai-Keong Lee

Dai-Keong Lee (September 2, 1915 – December 1, 2005) was an American composer. His Symphony No. 2 was runner up for the 1952 Pulitzer Prize for Music.[1]

Dai-Keong Lee
Born(1915-09-02)September 2, 1915
Honolulu, Hawaii
DiedDecember 1, 2005(2005-12-01) (aged 90)
New York City

He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and studied with Roger Sessions at Princeton University, Frederick Jacobi at the Juilliard School of Music, Otto Luening at Columbia University, and Aaron Copland.

He worked as a freelance composer in New York City. He composed six operas, the music for the Broadway comedy Teahouse of the August Moon, a ballet, a ballet suite, two symphonies, a Polynesian suite, a dance piece and a concerto grosso for strings, a string quartet, orchestral songs, choral works, and piano pieces. Joan Field premiered his violin concerto.[2]


  1. Heinz-D Fischer, Erika J. Fischer (2003). Complete Historical Handbook of the Pulitzer Prize System 1917–2000, p.264. ISBN 9783110939125.
  2. Walter Powers (December 14, 1957). "Think You Got Troubles? Pity the 4 O'clock Morning Fiddler". Tampa Morning Tribune.

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