Over the past decade, Wonki has shared his passion with students through his teachings. He is experienced in teaching beginning and advanced students at colleges, private music institute, pre-college program, and private teaching studio; working with diverse students from Asia and the United States. His students have successfully won numerous competitions and auditions such as the American Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, MTNA Competitions, All State Band Auditions, and Sakai National Instrument Competition (Japan). Wonki holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) from Manhattan School of Music. He is a member of North American Saxophone Alliance and Japan Saxophonist Association.



In the two years that Wonki Lee has worked with our son, who is now 14, he has transformed him into a true musician. He provides rigorous, classical training, balanced with a fine sense of humor, and he always tailors his approach to the energy and abilities of the student. Wonki’s own playing is exquisite, which is an inspiration to our son. He has a deep knowledge of saxophone repertoire and he gives expert guidance on all issues of concern to young saxophone players. But in the end it is his musicality and his dedication to teaching the student to produce the most beautiful sound with the instrument that sets Wonki apart and puts him at the highest level of saxophone pedagogy.
— Nica, student's parent
Wonki Lee is a phenomenal saxophonist and teacher. His dedication to the saxophone is apparent in his teaching, and his lessons are well rounded and very informative. Not only does he have a full mastery of the instrument, but also has a deep and through the understanding of the music and history behind it. Mr. Lee is one of the very best.
— Michael Brinzer, www.michaelbrinzer.com
Mr. Lee’s lessons analyze a musical work from various perspectives and utilize new ideas for me to become more musical and logical. He has flexible imaginations and depth of musical knowledge. Mr. Lee influenced the way I live as a musician.
— Takumi Ueda, www.uedatakumi.com

Student Performances



Teaching Philosophy

Engagement, Enthusiasm, and Patience best describe my teaching philosophy. My focus as a teacher is to help students develop into their best selves: to become confident learners, critical thinkers, and accomplished individuals able to express themselves and their ideas well. I work towards engaging students in my lessons and in the material by using a number of strategies. As a teacher it is great pleasure to assist students in becoming individually eloquent and distinct in their musical voices. I believe this is important developmentally not just for musicianship but also for all of life.


M.M. Manhattan School of Music, 2014

D.M.A. Manhattan School of Music, 2019


North American Saxophone Alliance

Japan Saxophonist Association


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Where I teach

Long Island Conservatory of Music

Private Saxophone Lessons

Recent Student Achievements


Students received "Outstanding" in levels 3 to 6 in solo saxophone


Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (NYC)

DiMenna Center for Classical Music (NYC)


Winner - South Kansans Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition

Winner - Topeka Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition

Winner - American Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition

Winner - Sakai National Music Competition (Japan)

Alternate - MTNA Junior Woodwind Competition 

3rd Prize - MTNA Senior Woodwind Competition 


All-State Band Saxophone Chair

South West Japan Air Force Band