Vivian Lee

Vivian Lee

Second Trombone

Vivian Lee had always been drawn to music. After learning the piano, she opted for the trombone and pursued her studies with Douglas Burden at the University of Ottawa, Ted Griffiths at McGill University and Albert Devito at Université de Montréal. Vivian Lee will always remember her first concert in Carnegie Hall under Charles Dutoit, where she performed Rossini’s Overture to William Tell in which the trombone has a very prominent part! Her first appearance with the OSM dates back to the days when the Orchestra was still giving concerts at the Forum. Mahler’s Symphony no. 8 was on the programme that evening in 1990.

Joined the OSM in: 1990

Previous positions: Second Trombone, Hamilton Philharmonic (1987–1990), Bass Trombone, Orchestra London, Canada (1987–1990)

Model of Instrument: Trombone by Larry Minnick (USA) and slide by Conn Co. (Indiana)

Hometown: Montreal

First musical love: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Favourite composer: Mahler

Favourite works: Mahler’s symphonies nos 2 and 5, R. Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony

Interests: Knitting, writing, podcasts, reading, gardening and dogs

If you hadn’t chosen to become a musician, you would be …: A knitting designer