Pianist Soyeon Kate Lee To Perform Gabriela Frank World Permiere In Weill Recital Hall At Carnegie Hall
The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation will be presenting Soyeon Kate Lee, 2010 Piano Award winner, on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Lee will be performing the world premiere of Gabriela Lena Frank's Sonata Andina No. 2, a Naumburg commission.
Ms. Frank states about the Sonata Adina No. 2, "Commissioned by the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, Inc., and written for Soyeon Kate Lee, Sonata Andina No. 2 for solo piano is inspired by the distinctly Andean concept of mestizaje as championed by Peruvian folklorist José Maria Arguedas (1911-1969) whereby cultures can co-exist without onesubjugating another. Allusions to the rhythms and harmonies of the mountain music of my mother's homeland of Perú abound, albeit freely transformed in the blender of my personal imagination. The opening "mountain"scherzo is followed by a call-and-response between a hymn and poignant tremolo calls from a charango, the Andean ukelele. The last movement is combative and muscular, an "escaramuza" which loosely translates to "skirmish."
Soyeon Kate Lee's program will include:
Janá?ek, Leos Piano Sonata 1.X 1905, From the Street
Sirota, Robert Mixed Emotions, I and IV (2003)
Beethoven, Ludwig v. Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Frank, Gabriela Lena Sonata Andina No. 2 (2013) world premiere
Stravinsky, arr. Agosti Firebird suite
Robert Sirota writes about his work Mixed Emotions, "I have always been interested in music's ability to express subtle gradations of affect and feeling, and particularly in its ability to project contrasting feelings in close succession (or simultaneously!). Mixed Emotions consists of four character pieces, each one exploring a set of opposites. The first, Agitato/Calmo, projects a state of mind that I frequently find myself in. The fourth, Tender Rage, expresses anger tinged with passionate affection.
Tickets, $15; $5 for students and senior citizens, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212 247 7800. Weill Recital hall at Carnegie Hall is located at 154 West 57th Street.
Soyoen Kate Lee, the Korean- American pianist, was named first prize winner of the prestigious 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition. She 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 has lauded her for her "stunning command of the keyboard."
Ms. Lee's 2012/13 season highlights include performances at New York's Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Rose Studio, and the Kaplan Penthouse, as well as Boston's Gardner Museum as a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two. She collaborates this season with Daedalus and Brentano String Quartets, violinist Ani Kavafian, cellist Timothy Eddy, and members of the Chiara String Quartet, among others, and appears in recital at the Rhode Island College Performing Arts Series, Elon University, Pittsburg State University, Portland Ovation Series, Ridotto Music Festival, Music Mountain, and Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music. In celebration of Benjamin Britten's centennial, Ms. Lee performs the less traversed Britten Piano Concerto with the Adelphi University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Lyndon-Gee. An active Naxos recording artist, her third CD featuring Liszt opera transcriptions will be released this season and she will return to the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto for a two- CD recording of Scriabin's piano works in April.
Ms. Lee has been rapturously received as guest soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, symphony orchestras of Columbus, Bangor, Bozeman, Boca Raton, Wyoming, Bozeman, Cheyenne, Napa Valley, Scottsdale, Abilene, Naples, Santa Fe, and Shreveport in the United States; the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), Ulsan Symphony Orchestra (South Korea), Orquesta de Valencia (Spain,) and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Dominican Republic), including performances under the batons of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jahja Ling, Jorge Mester, and Otto-Werner Mueller.