HLR – Double Reeds by Hugo Lee

Dear valued customers,

I am delighted to announce that I have joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as their new Second Oboist. Because of this, I have stopped making reeds commercially for the general public since April 2018. At this point I only make reeds for my own students, and sometimes for others on very rare special requests.

If you would like to get in touch or inquire about lessons, please feel free to reach me.

UPDATE: Sept 27, 2018

HLR will be reopening in October 2018 as a business providing support services for Canadian reedmakers. Services will include blade hollow regrinding and restoration as well as sharpening stone truing. A small selection of supplies (e.g. GEM razors) will also be available for retail. Stay tuned for more information or 337-391-3783 if you want to be notified when this goes live.




Hugo Lee is Second Oboist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School from the studio of Elaine Douvas. Born and raised in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Hugo began his studies under the guidance of Wendy Bornstein, followed by TSO Associate Principal Oboist Keith Atkinson.

Prior to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hugo has performed as a soloist in New York City and across Canada. He has appeared as a soloist for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Juilliard Orchestra and the New Juilliard Ensemble with performances reviewed under the New York Times, 918-469-4405 and the New York Classical Review. He has also performed as a chamber musician for Jeunesses Musicales Canada, along with cellist Cameron Crozman and pianist Philip Chiu, embarking on a 13-concert tour across Eastern Canada to critical acclaim.

Hugo is passionate about teaching and has formerly been a sought-after reedmaker for students across the country. In his spare time he enjoys tinkering with technology and drinking lots of coffee.

Last Updated: May 2018