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Juilliard Cellist Jiyoung Lee Performs the World Premiere of Eugene Astapov's "Contemplation I" and Works by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky on Her Artist Diploma Recital on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Willson Theater

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Monday, January 6, 2014

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Jiyoung Lee (Photo by Pete Checchia)
Jiyoung Lee (Photo by Pete Checchia)

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Juilliard cellist Jiyoung Lee performs the world premiere of alumnus Eugene Astapov’s Contemplation I (2013), composed for Ms. Lee, and works by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky on her Artist Diploma recital on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater (155 West 65th Street, 3rd Floor). Ms. Lee is studying with Joel Krosnick in the Artist Diploma program. She holds a master of music degree from Juilliard as a student of Timothy Eddy. Juilliard’s Artist Diploma in Performance is a program for highly gifted and experienced performers at the post-master’s level.

The program features Eugene Astapov’s Contemplation I; Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme; and Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Op. 40. Ms. Lee is joined by Juilliard alumnus, pianist Carlos Avila.

Composer Eugene Astapov graduated from Juilliard in May 2013 with a master of music degree in composition. He wrote this new work at the request of his former classmate, Ms. Lee. He provided this note on the piece: “Contemplation I was inspired by 19th-century Russian poetry, particularly that of M. Lermontov, whose work has greatly influenced me in the past. In fact, I composed a cello octet, Mist of Tears, based on a poem by Lermontov while at Juilliard, where Jiyoung played one of the leading parts. This particular piece for solo cello concentrates on the multiplicity of sonic realms that a single instrument can create whether it is by color, register, or tonal material. It runs about 7-8 minutes and is dedicated to Jiyoung.”

FREE seating; no tickets are required for this recital. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to events.juilliard.edu.

About Jiyoung Lee

Jiyoung Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea and began her cello studies at the age of 11 and within five years, she appeared as soloist with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, she won first prize at the prestigious Korea Times Cello Competition and first prize at the Ehwa Press Competition. Two years later, she began studying with Young-Sook Yoon at Seoul National University and was invited to play as a soloist with the Seoul National University Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007. Soon after, she moved to the United States to pursue her musical education.

Ms. Lee entered the Curtis Institute in the fall of 2007, studying with Peter Wiley. While at Curtis,
Ms. Lee held the Joseph Druian Fellowship and was principal cellist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in her final year.

In 2008, she performed a recital for the Kumho Young Artist Recital Series in Seoul. During the summer of 2010, she went on a chamber music tour of Maine and Massachusetts with Roberto Diaz, president of the Curtis Institute, as part of the “Curtis on Tour” series.

She recently won Juilliard’s concerto competition and performed the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall. Other recent accomplishments include winning the 2012 Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition and placing second in the Hellam Young Artist Competition. She performed the Elgar Concerto with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in November 2012.

Ms. Lee has attended the Great Mountains International Music Festival and School, the Sarasota Music Festival, the International Music Academy of Switzerland, where she performed chamber music at Victoria Hall in Geneva, and the Verbier Festival Academy, where she worked with Bernard Greenhouse and Torleif Thedeen. She also attended the London Master Classes where she studied with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Academy of Music in 2010 and 2013. In March 2013, she worked with David Geringas in Interlaken, Switzerland. As a chamber musician, she was invited to Music from Angel Fire, as a member of the Vespera Quartet in 2010. She was also invited to perform at the LaJolla Music Festival with her trio in 2013.

Ms. Lee is studying with Joel Krosnick in the Artist Diploma program. She holds a master of music degree from Juilliard as a student of Timothy Eddy.

About Carlos Avila

Filipino-American pianist Carlos Avila has performed in concert and recital in countries around the world, including Germany, Italy, Holland, Spain, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Chile, and in the United States. He frequently collaborates with Korean violinist Jay Oh, with whom he recently finished three 16-city tours of South Korea (in 2008, 2010, and 2012). Last winter, he finished a 29-city United States tour with baritone Leon Williams. Mr. Avila is a frequent collaborator with Michelle Kim, the assistant concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. He has won numerous international, national, and regional competitions, including top prizes in the 28th International Corpus Christi Competition, the San Francisco Pianist’s Competition, the International Sorantin Competition, and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition at Juilliard. He has performed as soloist with many orchestras, and participated in festivals in Europe and the United States. Mr. Avila received his master of music and bachelor of music degrees from Juilliard where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. Previously, he was a student at the Yale School of Music where he studied with Peter Frankl. In addition, he spent three years at the University of California at Berkeley pursuing a legal studies degree.

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PROGRAM LISTING:

JIYOUNG LEE, cello

Carlos Avila, piano

Artist Diploma in Performance Recital Series

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 8 PM, Juilliard’s Rosemary and Meredith Wilson Theater

(The Juilliard School, 155 West 65th Street, 3rd Floor)

 

Eugene ASTAPOV Contemplation I (2013, world premiere)

TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme

SHOSTAKOVICH Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Op. 40

 

FREE seating; no tickets are required for this recital. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to events.juilliard.edu.