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Violinist Rachel Lee Performs at Raitt Recital Hall
The Pepperdine University Center for the Arts 2012-13 Recital Series continues with a performance by violinist Rachel Lee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Raitt Recital Hall on Pepperdine's Malibu campus.
Lee's program will include Robert Schumann's Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 105; Webern's Four Pieces, Op. 7; Pärt's Fratres; and Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 ("Kreutzer"). Accompanying Lee will be pianist David Kaplan.
About Rachel Lee
Lee has been dubbed one of today's most captivating artists and "already commands an impressive musical profile," according to the Chicago Tribune. Noted for her compelling stage presence and a unique ability to "make the music sing" (The Baltimore Sun), as well as her commitment to a wide-ranging repertoire, she has made several important orchestral debuts in recent seasons, including performances with the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, and Seattle symphony orchestras. In May 2011 she made her Boston Pops debut at Symphony Hall, performing Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy with Keith Lockhart conducting.
Previous solo engagements have included appearances with the National Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and the Aspen Sinfonia at the Aspen Music Festival. She has performed in Korea several times, including repeat engagements with the Seoul Philharmonic, the KBS Symphony under the direction of Dmitri Kitaenko, and a four-city tour of the country with the State Symphony Cappella of Russia.
Born in Chicago in 1988, Lee began her violin studies at the age of four and in 1996 moved to New York to study with the late Dorothy DeLay. At just nine years of age she performed at the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the United Nations and was the youngest musician selected to give a recital as part of the 1998 La Jolla Chamber Music Society's Prodigy Series, on which occasion she was described as "a violinist of utmost stature, a performer with maturity beyond her years."
Lee has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Family Circle, and The Strad, as well as on radio and television, including a broadcast on PBS with Itzhak Perlman and an "American Masters" documentary about the Juilliard School. She has also appeared on the Disney Channel, performing in Avery Fisher Hall with Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, and she performed at the 2000 Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
About David Kaplan
First appearing in recital at the Bard Festival in 1994, pianist David Kaplan has been lauded for his "grace and fire" at the keyboard and by The New York Times for "striking imagination and creativity." Recent seasons have brought him as a recitalist to Los Angeles, Berlin, Barcelona, Chicago, and New York, and as a chamber musician to the US, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Denmark.
Highlights of his last season include performances at Miami's Arscht Center with Itzhak Perlman, a live broadcast on WQXR's Beethoven Sonata Marathon (performing alongside such artists as Jonathan Biss and Jeremy Denk), and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with conductor Eli Spindel.
The 2012-13 Pepperdine Recital Series is sponsored by the Kwong family. Performances in the Recital Series feature emerging artists and typically take place in the intimate 118-seat Raitt Recital Hall.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Center for the Arts Web site.