Described by the Musician's Union as "one of the UK's most exciting and versatile musicians", Lee Westwood is a guitarist and composer whose wide-ranging output stems from a long-term tenacity for musical exploration. Far from ordinary, Lee's works span from the Music-Geometry crossover of his multimedia exhibition 'A Hidden Order' to a vast back-catalogue of works for solo guitar; from headlining festival stages with Hip-Hop groups and Prog Folk acts to commissions from some of the UK's leading soloists, ensembles and choirs.
Lee's music has been supported and commissioned through organisations including Arts Council England, PRS Foundation, LSO Soundhub, Sound and Music, Making Music, Composit New Music Festival, John Armitage Memorial Trust, University Of Sussex and Cheltenham Composer Academy. Alongside many years of touring his own solo guitar works, Lee's music has also been performed by members of the LSO, Riot Ensemble, Joby Burgess, Maarten Stragier New Music Players, Workers Union Ensemble, MusArc, The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College Cambridge, Notes Inégales, Adam Swayne and Hidden Order Ensemble.
Lee received Arts Council support for his recent exhibition 'A Hidden Order', a collaboration with geometer Sama Mara exploring the relationship between music and geometry. Manifesting as a collection of large-scale prints, an album, a video installation and an interactive platform, the exhibition centres around a multimedia performance of a new suite of chamber works, whereby geometric artwork responds in realtime to live music (Saatchi Gallery; SCOPE Miami; Athr Gallery; Prince's School Of Traditional Arts; Chalice Wells Trust; Edinburgh International Science Festival; Kashya Hildebrand; Abu Dhabi Art).
As a guitarist, Lee has shared the stage with countless guitar and folk legends, and has toured his music extensively throughout the UK and Europe. Lee played for five years with Songlines Award nominees Dizraeli & The Small Gods, and currently tours and records with experimental trio Le Juki. He has released an extensive back catalogue of albums, both solo and collaborative, and a book of selected works for solo guitar.
Outside of the concert hall, Lee has composed music for film, documentary, advert and installation, and is one half of the music production company Nimzo Studio, working closely with clients such as Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur ('Stranger' – MOMA, New York; Magnum Print Room, London; Gazebook, Sicily; Photo Festival, Barcelona & Delhi) and the BBC ('Joan Of Arc: God's Warrior').
Although largely self-taught, Lee is currently studying with Martin Butler towards his Doctorate at the University Of Sussex, and has studied privately with James Weeks, Martin Suckling and Alison Kay. Through his ongoing work in education, Lee has run workshops, masterclasses, lectures, seminars and private tuition for institutions such as University Of Sussex, University Of Cyprus, Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Chalice Wells Trust, Prince's School Of Traditional Arts, Cumnor House School and Access To Music.