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St. Louis Symphony Program, April 20, 21 and 22, 2012

St. Louis Symphony Program, April 20, 21 and 22, 2012

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Concert Programfor April 20, 21, and 22, 2012
Peter Oundjian, conductorDaniel Lee, celloSMETANA
Má vlast 
 Allegro Adagio, ma non troppoFinale: Allegro moderatoDaniel Lee, cello
 Andante sostenuto; Allegro vivo Andantino marziale, quasi moderatoScherzo: Allegro molto vivaceFinale: Moderato assai; Allegro vivo
Peter Oundjian
  Whitaker Guest Artist Toronto-born conductor Peter Oundjian, noted for hisprobing musicality, collaborative spirit, and engaging
personality, has been an instrumental gure in the
rebirth of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO)since his appointment as Music Director in 2004.In addition to conducting the orchestra in dynamicperformances that have achieved outstanding artisticacclaim, he has been greatly involved in a varietyof new initiatives that have strengthened the ensemble’s presence inthe community and attracted a young and diverse audience. In 2004,he established an annual celebration of new music, showcasing newcompositions and premiering commissioned works. Now an audiencefavorite, the New Creations Festival celebrates the best in contemporaryorchestral music and attracts celebrated contemporary composers.
In his tenure with the TSO, Oundjian has also released ve recordings
on the orchestra’s self-produced record label, tsoLIVE. The award-winningdocumentary
Five Days in September: The Rebirth of an Orchestra
, is
available on DVD and chronicles Oundjian’s rst week as Music Director
of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.In addition to his post in Toronto, Peter Oundjian has been named theMusic Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, starting in the2012-13 season. Oundjian was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010 and played a major role at theCaramoor International Music Festival in New York between 1997 and2007. He has served as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Musicsince 1981. In May 2009, Oundjian received an honorary doctorate fromthe San Francisco Conservatory.During the 2011-12 season, Oundjian will be conducting theColorado Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony,Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.Oundjian was educated in England, where he studied the violin withManoug Parikian. He then attended the Royal College of Music in London,where he was awarded the Gold Medal for Most Distinguished Student and Stoutzker Prize for excellence in violin playing. He completed his violin training at the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied withIvan Galamian, Itzhak Perlman, and Dorothy DeLay. Oundjian was the
rst violinist of the renowned Tokyo String Quartet, a position he held for
14 years. He and his wife Nadine have two children, Lara and Peter.Peter Oundjian most recently conducted the St. Louis Symphony inDecember 2009.
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Daniel Lee
 Lucy and Stanley Lopata Guest Artist Korean-American cellist Daniel Lee continues to gain
recognition as one of his generation’s most signicant 
artists. A native of Seattle, Lee started playing the celloat the age of six, studying with Richard Aaron. At age11, he began his studies at the Curtis Institute of Musicin Philadelphia and became the youngest protégé of thelegendary Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. Whileat Curtis, Lee also studied with Orlando Cole, WilliamPleeth, and Peter Wiley. He graduated from the New England Conservatorywith an Artist Diploma after studying with Paul Katz of the Cleveland
Quartet. In 1994, at the age of 14, he signed an exclusive recording contract 
with Decca Records. He released two recordings: Schubert’s ArpeggioneSonata and short pieces; and the Brahms sonatas. And in 2001, at the ageof 21, he received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, just one of many awards and competitions that he’s won during his career.He has won critical acclaim as a soloist with such prestigious American orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony,Cleveland Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra,Seattle Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony, where he has served asPrincipal Cello since 2005. An active recitalist, Lee has performed at the Kimmel Center inPhiladelphia, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Herbst Theater in San Francisco,and recital tours in Japan and Korea. Concerto appearances with the St.Louis Symphony have included Strauss’s
Don Quixote 
and Esa-PekkaSalonen’s
Lee opened the 2009-10 St. Louis Symphony seasonperforming the St. Louis premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s
for Cello andOrchestra with David Robertson conducting.In 2010, Lee played his New York City recital debut at Merkin Hall ina program highlighted by Kodály’s Sonata for Violoncello Solo. Duringthe 2010-11 season, Lee debuted as a soloist with the St. Paul ChamberOrchestra performing the U.S. premiere of James MacMillan’s
Kiss on Wood
 for Cello and Strings. At the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis,he performed Xenakis’s
Nomos Alpha
. With the St. Louis Symphony, Leehas also performed Tchaikovsky’s
Variations on a Rococo Theme 
, conductedby Bernard Labadie. That piece is included in a CD that was recorded withthe Czech Philharmonic and released in spring 2011 on Sony Classical inKorea. He also returned to Korea for a concert at the Seoul Arts Center in
May 2011, for the ofcial release of this CD.
Daniel Lee most recently performed as a soloist with the St. LouisSymphony in February 2011.

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