Dr. Byong Won Lee
Professor of Music
Byong Won Lee received his PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington in 1974 and his MA in Ethnomusicology from the same school in 1971. Prior to coming to the US in 1967, he attended the Graduate School of Seoul National University, majoring in Korean Music Theory, and received a B.A. in Korean Music Theory from Seoul National University in 1964. His publications include: the entire entry for Korea in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 6th edition; Buddhist Music of Korea (1987); Styles and Esthetics in Korean Traditional Music (1977); and numerous articles and edited works on Korean music.
In 2001, Dr. Lee authored, coordinated, and served as the main lecturer for the month-long “Workshop on Korean Music for Overseas Musicologists,” co-sponsored by the Korea Foundation and the National Gukak Center. He has twice been a Fulbright scholar in Korea (1972–73 and 1980–81), and was also a visiting professor at the Academy of Korean Studies (1996–98). He served as the first President of the Association for Korean Music Research (AKMR) in 1995–96 and as the Secretary-General for the 26th International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) in 1980–81 and for the First International Conference on Korean Studies in 1994. In 1990 he was also invited to UNESCO’s “Integral Study of the Silk Road Maritime Route Expeditions” as a senior scholar.