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K-Classical Concert

Cellist Sang Eun Lee Pianist Grace Cho

September 7, 2012

PROGRAM Cello Sonata in D minor Claude Debussy (1862-1918) I. Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto II. Serenade: Moderement anime III. Final: Anime, leger et nerveux Sonata in A minor, D.821 I. Allegro moderato II. Adagio III. Allegretto Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Intermission Suite for Cello Solo I. Preludio-Fantasia II. Intermezzo e Danza Finale Allegro Appassionato Op.43 Adagio and Allegro Op. 70 Gaspar Cassado (1897-1966)

Camille Saint Saens (1835-1921) Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Cellist Sang Eun Lee, first prize winner of the 2012 Joongang Music Concours in Korea, is a classical musician rising fast at age 18. Her skills have been shown internationally, including her first place win at the Johansen International Competition, second place at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, the Ingrid zu Solms Culture Prize from the Kronberg Academy in Germany, and first place in the Seoul Arts Center Camp & Competition (Cello) in 2009. In 2010, she won the Korean Concert Societys Kennedy Center Debut Recital as well as the Young Musicians Prize at the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann. Her talent has been recognized in Korea since an early age, through the results of major music competitions including first place at the Yaejin Music Competition (2003), Ewha & Kyunghyang Concours (2005), Seoul Cello Competition (2005), and Great Mountains International Music Festival and School Concerto Competition. She is also the winner of 2010 Kumho Audition for Old Instrument in cello. Lee has performed with various orchestras, including the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, Gangnam Symphony Orchestra, KNUA Symphony Orchestra, and Yewon School Orchestra. She also performed as a featured winner of several major competitions. Lee has been invited to perform at Cheong Wa Dae, the office of the President of the Republic of Korea, as well as various Korean TV and radio stations. She is invited to perform at the Louvre in Paris in 2013. Lee graduated from Yewon School in Seoul at the top of her class and entered the Korea National University of Arts at age 16, making her the universitys youngest ever student. She currently studies under worldrenowned cellist Myung-wha Chung.

Pianist Grace Cho has steadily built a versatile career covering solo, chamber, and instrumental performance, as well as vocal and choral accompaniment, instrumental and vocal coaching, and conducting. She is currently Executive Director and Pianist of the New Orchestra of Washington and Piano faculty and Associate Chair of the Piano Department at the Levine School of Music. As prize winner of the Chopin International Competition in Corpus Christi, the University of Maryland Concerto Competition, and the Sidney M. Wright Collaborative Pianist Competition, Cho has performed in prestigious venues across the United States, Mexico, and the Republic of Korea. She has also performed with violinist Sarah Chang and appeared on NPRs Performance Today with violinist Robert McDuffie. She has played under world-renowned conductors, including Christoph Eschenbach, Lorin Maazel, Helmuth Rilling, David Zinmann, and Leonard Slatkin, among others. Along with her husband, pianist and conductor Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, and percussionist Yun Park, Cho founded PULSE, an innovative ensemble of two pianos and percussion. In February 2012, PULSE performed in front of 7,000 people in the central plaza of Guadalajara, Mexico as part of the 275 th anniversary of the citys founding. Cho holds a Bachelor of Music from Seoul National University, a Master of Music from the Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Doctor of Music from the University of Maryland, College Park.