The history of L‘Artiste can be traced back to 2005, when Joseph Lee formed the recorder ensemble L’Art du Bois. Through holding concerts and masterclasses in various venues across the territory, the ensemble proved to be a success and quickly established itself as the leading performing group of such genre. In order to extend the repertories to include music from the Medieval and the Renaissance period, which undoubtedly involves the performance of more varied musical instruments than the recorders, Joseph established the L’Artiste in 2013. In addition to its vast collection of early musical instruments, L’Artiste now specializes not only in recorders but also in performing multi-instrumental music from the 12th Century to the 18th Century. With intensive research and continuous refinement, it aims at introducing to the local audience the beauty of these underappreciated music and unfamiliar musical instruments.

Since its establishment, the group has performed for thousands of audience in different occasions and venues, including universities, churches and local schools. In February 2015, members of the group performed in a live TV show in Osaka, Japan. In December 2015, the group successfully organized the Recorder Day Hong Kong 2015, featuring the world renowned recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin and the famous recorder maker Hiroyuki Takeyama.

2016 is a fruitful year for the ensemble. In January and February, it cooperated with the University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong in their special exhibition Illustrious Illuminations, Christian Manuscripts from High Gothic to the High Renaissance (1250-1540), and presented four full-housed concerts in the museum with music from those eras. A series of activities followed, which include concerts and masterclass in The Education University of Hong Kong “Muses Good Music”, The Chinese University of Hong Kong “Lunch Time Music Platform” and the Chung Chi College “Midday Oasis” . In April, the ensemble launched its first full-costumed concert series A Musicall Banquet in the Lee Hysan Hall of The Chinese University of Hong Kong

In June, the group launched a challenging and on-going project: to make online video clips of their instrument collection, aiming to introduce to the music lovers of Hong Kong the history, mechanisms and characteristics of these rarely seen instruments. Since the addition of the subtitles in English, the videos are far reaching and have received subscribers from all parts of the world.