September 27, 2016 season Opening Concert
Noah Lee, cello 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians 1st Prize Winner
Shostakovitch Cello Concert No. 1
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”
Return to 2016-17 Season
In 2012, at 12 years of age, Noah Lee caused an international sensation by winning 1st prize at the 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Montreux, Switzerland, becoming the first and only US cellist ever to win the competition. In 2014, he won the grand prize at the 10th Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Porec, Croatia, again becoming the first American cellist to win grand prize. Subsequently, Noah gave a solo European recital debut as well as a solo debut with The Zagreb Soloists at the Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Additionally, he has been featured as a soloist with the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble 212, Lausanne Sinfonietta, and the Russian State Orchestra, and has had a solo engagement with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, in their “PSO Bravo” 5 concert series. Noah has claimed 1st prize at the National League of Performing Arts Chamber Competition, Ensemble 212 Young Artist Competition, Bravura Philharmonic Young Artist Concerto Competition, NJ Asta Solo Competition, and YWCA Music Competition. Noah has been aired two times as a soloist on the renowned syndicated NPR radio program From the Top, a US National Radio Broadcast. Additionally, he has performed on From The Top’s events on 7 other occasions. He aired on European stations such as Radio Television Suisse and Croatian TV Istra, and he was featured on Dutch Public TV NTR voor speciaal. He performed solo and also sat on the panel interview at the Founder’s Forum Conference at Hearst Tower, NYC.
Recently, Noah has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He is a 2016 Davidson Fellow Laureate, an award given by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development for demonstration of an extraordinary accomplishment.The Davidson Fellowship is "one of the 10 biggest scholarships in the world.” As the grand prize winner, Noah was named the 2016 Junior Peace and Music Ambassador USA by the Harmony for Peace Foundation. As the Junior Ambassador, Noah will represent Harmony For Peace at musical and cultural events throughout the year, promoting international cross-cultural understanding and collaboration using his talents. Additionally, The International Academy of Arts and Sciences, jury consisting of over 500 renowned artists, professors, soloists, and conductors awarded Noah as the 1st place winner in the 2016 ENKOR International Music Competition based in Dusseldorf,Germany. Noah received full scholarship to participate in the “Rencontres Musicales Internationale enWallonie” in Wavre, Belgium. He was also selected as a 2016 fellow at the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein where he participated in the intensive music weeks.
Noah is an enthusiast about educational and music outreach. He is the founder and president of the"Back to Bach" Project, a national music and passion outreach initiative to provide peer to peer inspiration to young school children. He is also the lead cellist and a founding member of the Heartstrings Cello Ensemble, a group dedicated to providing concerts and performances to positively impact local and global communities.
In the summer months, Noah has attended the Meadowmount School of Music, and Mount Royal Summer Music Bridge on full scholarship, and the Aspen Music Festival as a New Horizon Fellow. Currently, he is a scholarship student at the Don Bosco Preparatory School and studies with Richard Aaron at The Julliard School, pre-college division. Other influential teachers include SooYoun Lee, Julie Albers, and Hans Jorgen Jensen.