Cellist JeongHyoun “Christine” Lee strives to bring powerful and transformative experiences to the audience through music. Recent engagements range from La Jolla SummerFest Fellowship Artist, solo recitals in NYC, masterclasses at Kronberg Academy (Frankfurt) and IMS Prussia Cove (Cornwall), as well as collaborative premieres on contemporary music with Eighth Blackbird and Juilliard’s AXIOM. In the 2016-17 season, she will perform with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, make her European recital debut at the Louvre Auditorium in Paris, while studying with Gary Hoffman at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.
Since making her debut performance with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of nine, she has also played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Korean Broadcasting Symphony, and the Calgary Symphony. She also performed on concerts presented by The New School: Schneider Concerts, Curtis 20/21 Ensemble, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, Alice Tully Hall (NYC), Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater, Library of Congress (D.C.), Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and Victoria Hall (Geneva). In addition to concertizing, Ms.Lee has been heard on WQXR’s McGraw-Hill Financial Young Artists, WHYY “On Stage at Curtis”, and American Public Media’s “Performance Today.”
Ms.Lee’s passion for chamber music has led to festival appearances with Music@Menlo (CA), Seiji Ozawa Academy (Rolle), Music from Angelfire (NM), Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts (NY). She has also collaborated with artists such as, Roberto Diaz, Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, and the members of Orion Quartet and the Guarneri Quartet.
Originally from Seoul, Korea, Ms.Lee studied with Orlando Cole, Peter Wiley, and Carter Brey at the Curtis Institute of Music (B.M.), and with Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School (M.M.).
Sarah Ma, is in her fourth year at the Manhattan School of Music’s Pre-College Division where she studies with Elizabeth Faidley. She is the recipient of the Kate Bamberger Memorial Scholarship Fund and is concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra. Sarah has won numerous competitions including grand prize in the Union City Young Artist Competition, first place in the New York Chamber Players Music Competition, first prize in the Alexander Buono International Competition, first prize in the “Music of Eastern Europe” division of the Great Composers Competition, first prize in the East Coast International Competition, gold prize in the 8th Annual Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition, first prize in the 2012 Le Petit Orchestre competition, first prize in the New York Concerti Sinfonietta Shining Stars Competition, silver medal in the 2014 Young Maestro Competition, first prize in the VIVO International Competition, winner of the 2016 Bergen Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and Alternate of the 2013 Manhattan School of Music’s Concerto Competition. In 2014, Sarah won the MSM Concerto Competition and became the youngest winner in the school’s history. This year, Sarah was accepted as a semi-finalist in the 2016 Il Piccolo Violino Magico (“The Magical Little Violin Competition”) in Italy, and received the award for “Best Virtuoso Piece”.
Sarah has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, including the Manhattan String Orchestra, the New York Concerti Sinfonietta, the Manhattan School of Music’s Symphony Orchestra, the Union City Philharmonic Orchestra, Indiana University’s Informatics Philharmonic, the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, the Accademia D’Archi Arrigoni in Italy, and the New York Chamber Players Orchestra. In March 2016, Sarah performed the entire Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra as a guest artist. As the winner of the Bergen Philharmonic Concerto Competition, she will be performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Bergen Philharmonic next year.