LEE Ying is one of the most representative contemporary composers and conductors of Chinese music. Born into an artistic family, LEE graduated from the National College of Arts (now known as National Taiwan University of Arts) in 1978. In 1987 he pursued further studies in the music graduate program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He returned to Taiwan in 1991 and began to perform, compose, teach, and direct, while making use of a variety of performance forms. In 1992 became associate conductor for the Taipei Chinese Orchestra (TCO), as well as the conductor for the TCO Junior Youth Orchestra. In addition to conducting, LEE also specializes in composing. His compositional style interweaves Western and Asian techniques, resulting in modern Chinese music that has a local style but which also suits contemporary musical tastes. LEE retired from TCO in 2011 and since 2012 has dedicated himself to freelance composing, guest conducting, music juries, and guest lecturing.