SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra will present its winter program at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox (1001 W. Sprague Ave.). Conducted by Kevin Hekmatpanah, the concert includes a performance by internationally acclaimed violinist Kyung Sun Lee.
Tickets are $12, $10 for senior citizens and non-Gonzaga University students; it’s free for GU faculty, staff and students. For tickets, please call (509) 624-1200 or visit the ticket office at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.
The performance will open with Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2,” followed by Copland’s patriotic “El Salón México.” The orchestra concludes with Tchaikovsky’s fiery Violin Concerto featuring the increasingly popular Lee, whose performances have received rave reviews. “Exceptional tonal suavity and expressive intensity in equal measure,” commented The Strad magazine of a recent performance. “Godard’s ‘Concerto Romantique’ could not have had a more outstanding soloist than Kyung Sun Lee,” noted Harris Goldsmith in the New York Concert Review.
Lee placed sixth in the 1994 Tchaikovsky Competition, earned a bronze medal in the 1993 Queen Elizabeth Competition, and won first prize in the Washington and D’Angelo International Competitions, and third prize in the Montreal International Competition, where she also won the Audience Favorite and the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work prizes. She studied at Seoul National University, Peabody Conservatory, and The Juilliard School. Her teachers have included Nam Yun Kim, Sylvia Rosenberg, Robert Mann, Dorothy Delay, and Hyo Kang. She plays a Joseph Guarnerius violin dating from 1723.
In addition to her busy schedule as a soloist and chamber musician, Lee is an accomplished teacher and clinician. She has held professorships at the Oberlin Conservatory (2001) and University of Houston (2006) before becoming associate professor at Seoul National University (2009). She taught at the Aspen Music Festival, and has been involved with the Seattle and Cape Cod chamber music festivals, the Texas Music Festival, and the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea. A former member of the acclaimed worldwide touring KumHo/Asiana String Quartet, she has been in great demand in recent years as a judge of prestigious violin competitions.