The Musicians Club of New York proudly presents the First Prize Winner of our 2017 Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards, Wei Lu, violin, in her Winner's Recital.
WEI LU, VIOLIN
2017 Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist First Prize Winners Recital
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3:30 PM
Scandinavia House – Victor Borge Hall
58 Park Avenue (at 38th Street)
New York City
Sonata No.2 in G Major for Violin and Piano....... Maurice Ravel
Concert Fantasy on Gounod’s “Faust”.................. Pablo de Sarasate
Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano............... Cesar Franck
Wei Lu, Violin
Wei Lu was born in China. She began playing violin when she was six years old. She studied at The Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music from 2003-2012. She received her Bachelors of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music with full scholarship under the guidance of Nicholas Mann. Upon graduation from MSM, she received the commencement award for outstanding violinist. Through her studies, she has accumulated a strong music intuition along with her excellent violin skills. Her numerous performance experiences include soloist with many orchestras in China, such as the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and Qingdao Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in music festivals such as Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Beijing Music Festival, and the Annual National Arts Centre Summer Music Institute for Young Artists Program in Canada. She is the winner of several music competitions, including 1st Prize in the Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards (2017), 3rd Prize in the Schadt String Competition (2016), 1st Prize in the New York International Violin Competition (2014), 1st Prize in the The Union City Artist Music Competition (2014), and 2nd Prize (1st Prize vacant) of The Canetti International Violin Competition (2007). She was also the winner of Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition (2015, 2016). Wei has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and Scandinavia House. She is currently a second-year graduate student at The Juilliard School under the guidance of Laurie Smukler.
Yoon Lee, Piano
The Special Prize winner of the Anton G. Rubinstein International Piano Competition, Yoon Lee, is a solo pianist, chamber musician, and teacher, active in the New York metropolitan area. A pianist characterized by her grounded interpretations and solid sound, Yoon Lee has been on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Château de Fontainebleau, the Schumann-Haus Museum in Leipzig, Hamarikyu Asahi Hall, and Seoul Arts Center. Her live performances have been featured on WQXR, America’s leading classical radio station in New York, and KBS, the national television station of South Korea. She is the pianist of Noree Piano Trio, a piano trio who won the title of Honor’s Piano Trio from the prestigious Juilliard School. As a collaborative pianist, Yoon Lee has been the pianist for master classes and studios by masters such as Itzhak Perlman, Leonidas Kavakos, Steven Isserlis, Frans Helmerson, David Geringas, Ida Kavafian, and Pamela Frank. Yoon Lee has taught piano and chamber music at Kneisel Hall Adult Chamber Music Institute, Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, and Bergen Academy of Music. Her interests in other forms of art have led her to be involved with Noree Performing Arts, where she serves as a Principal Dancer and the Music Director.
Yoon is currently co-Artistic Director of Traveling Sounds Ensemble of Noree Performing Arts, while pursuing both a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Manhattan School of Music (Piano Performance) and a Graduate Diploma degree at The Juilliard School (Collaborative Piano).