Lee Mills – a five-time winner of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award – is internationally recognized as a passionate, multifaceted and energetic conductor. In the fall of 2022, he was the Solti Foundation U.S. Resident at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he worked with Enrique Mazzola on the Lyric’s production of Verdi’s Don Carlos. The League of American Orchestras selected Mills for the 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductors Preview, at which he conducted the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 he was selected as a semi-finalist in both the Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition and the Opera Royal de Wallonie-Liege International Opera Conducting Competition. In addition, he conducted alongside David Robertson in the highly-acclaimed U.S. premiere of John Cage’s Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras with the Saint Louis Symphony.
In addition to his work with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony, Mills has also led concerts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, and São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, he was the assistant conductor to David Robertson for Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.