Wonseok Lee

Graduate Associate
Graduate Associates

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Wonseok Lee is a PhD student in the ethnomusicology program. His academic interests are popular music, globalization, transnationalism and musical identity. His current research focuses on what the exact meaning of "K" in K-pop is, considering the circumstances of having non-Korean members and singing in non-Korean languages — which is common in the field, although the term "K-pop" represents a certain ethnicity and language.

Before he came to the United States in 2016, Lee worked with K-pop artists such as Lee Hyori, Shinhwa, BuskerBusker, SG Wannabe among others, for many years as a professional drummer/percussionist. With these artists, he performed in numerous cities in Korea, China, Japan, Greece and Turkey.

Areas of Expertise
  • Ethnomusicology
  • MA, Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University, 2018
  • MM, Jazz Performance, Kyung Hee University, Korea, 2013
  • BM, Postmodern Music, Kyung Hee University, Korea, 2009