Hyeyung Yoon and Soyeon Kate Lee Give NY Debut of Sirota Violin Sonata at SubCulture Tonight
Tonight, March 26, 2014, two longtime friends - violinist Hyeyung Julie Yoon and pianist Soyeon Kate Lee - will present an unforgettable evening of chamber music at the new downtown venue SubCulture (45 Bleecker Street, downstairs). The concert features the New York premiere of composer Robert Sirota's Pange Lingua Sonata, written for Yoon and Lee in 2012, and Bach's Sonata in C Minor. Cellist Gregory Beaver joins the ensemble for Brahms' Piano Trio in C Major; Soyeon Kate Lee will also perform "Agitato/Calmo" and "Tender Rage" from Robert Sirota's Mixed Emotions for solo piano.
Robert Sirota's Pange Lingua Sonata for violin and piano was commissioned by Hyeyung Julie Yoon in memory of her grandfather, Myung Il Paek. "I have used the Pange Lingua, an epic hymn with text by St. Thomas Aquinas, as the generative material for this three-movement work," Sirota said. "The first movement, 'Apologia,' marked with intensity, explores fragments of ideas that ebb and flow as if searching for an anchoring statement of faith. The hymn melody finally appears towards the very end of the movement. The second movement, 'Ballade,' marked Adagio, poco rubato, offers more full-throated melodic writing for the violin, with the Pange Lingua theme appearing in the piano about halfway through the movement. The final 'Variations' movement is marked Allegro Molto. In it, the Pange Lingua theme is taken through eight variations, followed by a fairly extended and brilliant finale."
Hyeyung Julie Yoon is the second violinist of the acclaimed Chiara String Quartet, and has performed in the U.S. and abroad along with her quartet to critical acclaim. Her solo work includes performing Beethoven's Triple Concerto with pianist Stewart Goodyear and cellist Gregory Beaver with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony and Beethoven's Violin Concerto with The University of Nebraska Orchestra. She has also soloed with the Charlotte Symphony, the Mannes Orchestra, and has performed at the prime minister's residence in Seoul, South Korea for the first-woman prime minister and other government officials. As a devoted teacher, she currently teaches at Harvard University and is an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has taught at The Juilliard School, Greenwood Music Camp, and The Chamber Music Institute at the University of Nebraska. She graduated from The Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Music and an Artist Diploma Degree in String Quartet Studies. Her teachers and mentors include Sally Thomas, Ernest Pereira, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet. Yoon plays on a Roman violin from 1790 made by Giulio Cesare Gigli.
First prize winner of the prestigious 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition, Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has 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 has lauded her for her "stunning command of the keyboard." Recent recital appearances include New York City programs at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Art's Alice Tully Hall, Washington's John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland's Severance Hall, the Ravinia Festival's Rising Stars series, Auditorio de Musica de Nacional in Madrid as part of a 13-city tour of Spain, a tour of the Hawaiian Islands, and Finland's Maanta Music Festival. She has been rapturously received as guest soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as many other orchestras across the country. Lee earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees, and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, she won every award granted to a pianist including the Rachmaninoff Concerto Competition and Arthur Rubinstein Prize. Lee is a Steinway Artist.