Inman, Lee

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Instruments Played
Cello, Viola da Gamba

Current Performance Ensembles
Mercure Galant
A Curious Collection

Personal Summary / Bio

Lee Inman began playing cello at the age of 10.  During his university years, Lee felt drawn to the viol, and was primarily self-taught, until a posting by the US Air Force to what was then West Berlin brought him under the guidance of Dr. Richard Klemm, of the Berlin Hochschule für Musik.  In the mid-1970’s, he both taught viola da gamba as a member of the adjunct faculty of the Cornish School, and performed on viol and Baroque cello with Randall McCarty, Steven Stubbs, Stanley Ritchie, and other Seattle early music pioneers, appearing regularly with the Seattle Bach Ensemble, Prackticall Musicke and Fiori Musicali.



Later, while living in Minneapolis, he became a founding member of the Lyra Concert as its principal and solo cellist and gambist, and supported a number of the Twin Cities’ active early-music chamber groups as a continuo specialist. Lee returned to Seattle in 1990, and continues to participate actively in Seattle’s rapidly-expanding early-music scene.  



As a freelance performer, composer, and ensemble coach, he has presented frequently at Pacific Northwest Viols’ Play Days, and at summer workshops in Arizona and Washington states. Lee has presented in master classes with Anner Bylsma, Jeanne Lamon, and Laurence Dreyfuss. He has also appeared in concert with Jack Ashworth, Julie Jeffries, Mary Springfels, Craig Trompeter, and Brent Wissick, as well as with Margriet Tindemans, Olga Hauptman and other notable Seattle performers and teachers. Lee has also discovered a love for the traditional music of Scotland, and enjoys exploring this literature with the ensemble A Curious Collection.




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Seattle, WA
United States
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