June 2, 2013
"A CONCERTO EXTRAVAGANZA"
Mozart The Abduction from the Seraglio
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor
Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major
Return to 2012-13 Season
A Canadian with Korean heritage, Charles Yoonsuh Lee, age 14, is a sophomore at the Professional Children’s School in New York City and a student of Ann Setzer. He has received awards in the Kiwanis Music Festivals and the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. After moving to New York City from Vancouver, he received the Silver Award in the International Virtuoso Competition in May, 2012, and performed in the Winner’s Concert in September at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. Charles has attended the Meadowmount School of Music and Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado, where he received the Norman Paulu Violin Scholarship, and won the Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist. He has joined the Talented Youth Series in Concerts in Motion to perform for the elderly at area nursing homes and senior centers. Charles is a member of the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony conducted by George Stelluto. He will attend Meadowmount School of Music this summer on a merit scholarship. Charles enjoys hanging out with his friends at Pinkberry and playing ice hockey.
Sixteen-year-old cellist Sydney Lee is a student in the Julliard pre-college division, studying with Richard Aaron. Her former teachers were SooYoun Lee, Minhye Clara Kim, and her mother. Ms. Lee was a soloist with the New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra after winning their Young Artists International Competition. Sydney has performed on “From the Top” in a National Public Radio broadcast as a soloist. She was also SooYoun Lee and Minhye Clara Kim a soloist with the Thurnauer Chamber Orchestra. Sydney was a winner performing in the National Young Musicians Showcase Concert. Sydney has won first place in the New Jersey ASTA Solo Competition, New York Music Competition, LISMA Foundation 6th International Music Competition, and Duquesne University Young Artist National Competition. Sydney was a semi-finalist at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in 2010 and 2012. Sydney appeared as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Hong in Heinz Hall. She was featured as a soloist with the Juilliard Pre College Symphony after winning their concerto competition.
Angela Zhao, 14 years old, is a student of Chiu-Tze Lin. She began studying piano at the age of 5 with Irene Lu. Angela made her orchestral debut with the Ambler Symphony after winning the Menges Scholarship Competition. Angela has won first prize in the New Jersey Music Teachers Association Young Musicians Competition four times. She was also the NJ Junior Piano Division winner of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Performance Competition, which enabled her to be the NJ representative to compete in the MTNA Eastern Conference Competition. As a result of winning the Crescendo International Competition, Cecilian Music Club, and National League of Performing Arts Showcase Competition, Angela performed as a soloist in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Weill Recital and Zankel Hall, and Steinway Hall. She has also performed in the Crescent Concert Series Showcase, and was a winner of the Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey and Steinway Society Scholarship Competition. Angela received distinction in the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music Examinations; her marks were the highest in the tri-state area. Angela is an 8th grader in Marlboro Memorial Middle School. She has appeared on the television series “Law and Order.” She was also invited to attend an Easter Seals fundraising event, where she performed for Senator Richard Codey. Besides piano, Angela is an avid dancer. She is currently on the Dance Attitudes competition team