Korean pianist continues Chamber Music Circle series
The Howland Chamber Music Circle presents Soyeon Lee, first prize winner of the prestigious 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition. Lee will play a program she entitles Invitation to the Dance. It includes Bela Bartok’s Six Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56, the Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 by Robert Schumann, Iberia (Book 1) by Isaac Albeniz and Franz Liszt’s Paraphrase on a Waltz from Gounod’s Faust.
The young pianist graduated from Juilliard, where she won every award granted to a pianist, the 2004 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and prizes at several other competitions. Lee has already been hailed by the New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style,” while the Washington Post lauded her for her “stunning command of the keyboard.”
Lee’s 2011-2012 season began with return engagements to Finland’s Mantta Music Festival in an all-Liszt recital, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Music Mountain, and several others, as well as debuts with the Orquesta de Valencia at the Palau de Musica and the Ulsan Symphony Orchestra of Korea. Lee has been guest soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra and many others throughout North America, as well as in Korea and the Dominican Republic.
The concert will take place on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m., at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, and will be followed by a reception to meet the artist. Tickets at $30 ($10 for students) can be reserved by calling 297-9243 or through http://www.howlandmusic.org/ where further information on this and other presentations by the Chamber Music Circle can be found.
Photo courtesy of Howland Chamber Music Circle