Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30pm
The celebrated Lee Trio – sisters Lisa Lee, violin, Angela Lee, cello and Melinda Lee Masur, piano – will perform their debut concert at the Piedmont Center for the Arts on Saturday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Originally from San Francisco, the three now perform professionally worldwide. Lisa Lee and Angela Lee are in San Francisco, and Melinda Lee Masur resides in Boston.
They will perform the Hayden Piano Trio, Hob. XV:35 in A major, D. J. Sparr’s Lost in the Old South Tower, and Dvorak’s well loved Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor “Dumky,” Op. 90.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Since its critically acclaimed Wigmore Hall debut in 2002, The Lee Trio's "gripping immediacy and freshness" and "rich palette of tone colours" [The Strad] continues to move audiences and critics around the globe. The Trio's awards include the Recording Prize at the Khmu International Chamber Music Competition in Finland, 2nd Prize in the G. Dinette International Chamber Competition in Italy, and the Gotthard-Sheers-Sifting grant in Berlin for rising international artists.
In recent seasons, the Trio has given recitals and master classes in cities from Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, San Francisco, New York and Toronto to London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris, Kiev, Cluj-Napoca and Leipzig. The Lee Trio has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Shanghai Philharmonic, Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Shenzhen Symphony, Macao Youth Symphony, and the New Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Trio's tours of China have included recitals and master classes in Hong Kong, Macao, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Shanghai, at the Zhongshan Culture and Art Center, Hong Kong's City Hall Theatre and Lee Hysan Concert Hall. They also have recorded for RTHK4, Hong Kong's classical broadcast radio, and made a guest appearance on the televised program, Music of Friends.
The Lee Trio is passionate about working with and performing the music of living composers. As a recipient of San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music Musical Grant, the Trio commissioned and premiered Nathaniel Stookey's Piano Trio No. 1 in 2009. Piano trios by celebrated composers Uljas Pulkkis, Philip Laser, Laurence Rosenthal, Julian Yu and Sylvie Bodorova have been given their world, American and European premieres by The Lee Trio.
The Trio served as the first Ensemble-in-Residence of the Chelsea Music Festival in New York City, performing the world-premiere of Jane Antonia Cornish's Duende in 2010. The Trio's recording of Duende was released on the Delos label in 2014 to critical acclaim. A new composition for the Trio by Jerry Bilik, a former pupil of Tibor Serly who studied with Béla Bartók, was premiered in 2017.
Educating the next generation of musicians is integral to the Trio's mission. In addition to giving master classes at schools and universities, the Trio regularly performs outreach concerts in areas where the arts have little or no exposure, partnering with organizations like BRAVO Youth Orchestras or Music Camp International. The Trio was the first classical ensemble to perform for students at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy located in the heart of Las Vegas' most at-risk neighborhood.
In 2011, the Trio took part in a humanitarian trip to teach music and work with underserved youth in Ukraine. Other schools visited in recent years include the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. and the Oakland School for the Arts. Each member of The Lee Trio is a recipient of the California State Assembly Recognition for Exemplary Service to the Community.
The members of The Lee Trio regularly work with musicians and chamber ensembles both young and established, and have served on the faculty of institutions such as Boston University, the BU Tanglewood Institute, San Francisco-based Young Chamber Musicians, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Zephyr International Chamber Music Academy in Italy. Last season the ensemble taught master classes and performed at University of Utah as well as the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj, Romania. The Trio serves as the 2018 Distinguished Visiting Scholars in the Performing Arts at Gordon College in Wenham, MA.
In 2010, the Trio had the honor to perform for German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Leo Baeck Institute during her official visit to New York City. In 2014 the Trio was invited to perform for former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the peaceful revolution and reunification of Germany.
The members of The Lee Trio are graduates of The Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School, Yale and Harvard, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover. Lisa Lee plays on a 1872 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume; Angela Lee performs on a 1762 Nicolo Gagliano cello from Naples; Melinda Lee Masur is a Steinway Artist.
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