Violinist Kristin Lee pays tribute to Dorothy DeLay as part of CMSLC’s Musical Legacy Series

On Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. ET, violinist Kristin Lee hosts a panel for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Musical Legacy Series, which explores the musical legacy of towering classical music figures through conversations with students and colleagues as well as historical film clips and photos.

For this special program, Lee fondly remembers his teacher and legendary violin pedagogue, Dorothy DeLay. Joining the panel of distinguished guests and former DeLay students and colleagues, Itzhak Perlman, Toby Perlman, Cho-Liang Lin and Sandra Rivers, who pay tribute to this great artist who has mentored generations of musicians. The presentation includes rarely seen photos and videos. Q&A with the virtual audience will follow the presentation.

Lee says, “I am deeply honored to host this discussion on Dorothy DeLay – one of the most important, impactful, powerful and groundbreaking violin pedagogues who touched hundreds, if not thousands, of violinists, including myself- I feel the weight on my shoulders to give this talk as one of her very late students, but I am extremely thrilled to be joined by guests who exemplify the various generations Ms. DeLay has touched, including Itzhak Perlman and Cho-Liang Lin. I am also delighted to have Sandra Rivers as my guest – a brilliant pianist who played for Mrs. DeLay’s lessons for over 20 years in the 1970s and 80s. I am particularly interested in speaking with Sandra about how Mrs. DeLay inspired and aided her career as a woman of color during this time. I spent a wonderful few months researching Mrs. DeLay and discovering her dedication, intelligence and passion for the golden age of the violin. I hope you will join me and my guests for this very special evening!”

This event will be broadcast online for free, with prior registration. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

About Kristin Lee: Recipient of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Fellowship, as well as winner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition and the 2010 Astral Artists National Auditions, Kristin Lee is a violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique. who enjoys a dynamic career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. “Her technique is flawless, and she has a sense of melodic shaping that reflects an artistic maturity,” writes the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Strad reports, “She seems completely at home with stylistic diversity, which is a criterion that separates ordinary instrumentalists from true artists.”

In addition to her dynamic performing career, Lee was recently appointed to the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as an assistant professor of violin. She is the artistic director of Emerald City Music in Seattle, a chamber music series she co-founded in 2015. Also an accomplished chamber musician, Kristin Lee is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing at Lincoln Center in New York. and on tour with CMS throughout each season, as well as a member of Camerata Pacifica in Santa Barbara, serving as President Bernard Gondos.

Kristin Lee has performed as a soloist with major orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Nordic Chamber Orchestra of Sweden, the Ural Philharmonic of Russia, Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Guiyang Symphony Orchestra of China, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of the Dominican Republic and many more. She has performed on the finest concert stages in the world, including Carnegie HallAvery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Kimmel Center of Philadelphia, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Virtuosi’s Steinway Hall’s Salon, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Ravinia Festivalthe World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York, the Louvre in Paris, the Phillips Collection in Washington DC and the Kumho Art Gallery in Korea.

Recent and upcoming highlights include concerts presented by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra with Itzhak PerlmanAmarillo Symphony, Chamber Music Sedona, a tour with the Silk Road Ensemble, [email protected], Parlance Chamber Concerts, Moab Music Festival, Music in the Vineyards, Town Hall Seattle, Lyra Music Festival, Olympic Music Festival, North Carolina New Music Initiative, and the Leicester International Music Festival, as well as performances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Camerata Pacifica.

Lee’s many accolades include awards from the 2015 Trondheim Chamber Music Competition, 2011 Trio di Trieste Premio International Competition, SYLFF Scholarship, Dorothy DeLay Scholarship, Aspen Music Festival Violin Competition, the New Jersey Young Artists Competition and the Salon de Virtuosi Fellowship. Foundation. She is also the unprecedented first prize winner of three concerto competitions at The Juilliard School – in the pre-college division in 1997 and 1999, and in the college division in 2007.

Born in Seoul, Lee began studying the violin at the age of five, and within a year won first prize at the prestigious Korea Times Violin Competition. In 1995, she moved to the United States and continued her musical studies with Sonja Foster. Two years later, she became a student of Catherine Cho and Dorothy DeLay in the pre-college division of the Juilliard School. In January 2000, she was chosen to study with Itzhak Perlman. Lee holds a master’s degree from the Juilliard School.

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