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Violinist SooBeen Lee Concludes the Bergmann Recital Series at Pepperdine



MALIBU, CA – March 18, 2024 – The Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts presents the outstanding and moving violinist SooBeen Lee at Raitt Recital Hall as part of the Bergmann Recital Series on Pepperdine University’s Malibu campus on Sunday, April 14, 2024, at 2 p.m.

Praised by the Washington Post for her “poised presence, a luxurious sound, spot-on intonation, and a bow arm that surely will be the envy of her peers,” violinist SooBeen Lee has already appeared as a soloist with every major Korean orchestra, including the Seoul and Busan Philharmonics and Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra. “Her superb technique and musical sensitivities would credit a musician twice her age.”

Lee began studying the violin at the age of four. At eight years old, she won the National Competition of the Korean Chamber Orchestra, she won First Prize at the Russia International Youth Violin Competition the following year and captured First Prize at the 2013 Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition. At the 2022 Indianapolis Competition, Lee was awarded the Special Prize “Best Performance of a Work by Paganini, Ernst or Milstein” for her performance of Milstein’s "Paganiniana Variations." Following this success, Lee was a 3rd place laureate in the Concours Musical International de Montréal. Lee currently studies with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory, where she performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto as winner of their Concerto Competition.

Lee’s solo recital performance is set to highlight her talent and success over the years and expound upon her great triumphs through beautiful orchestration and a tactful and emotional performance. The rousing program for SooBeen Lee’s performance will include "Suite Italienne" by Igor Stravinsky, "Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94a" by Sergei Prokofiev, "Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22" by Clara Schumann, and "Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor, Op.45" by Edvard Grieg. 

Tickets, priced at $30 for the public and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available now by calling (310) 506-4522 or online at the SooBeen Lee event page.


About the Bergmann Recital Series

The Bergmann Recital Series at Pepperdine University has delighted audiences with new and emerging classical musicians since 1993. With intimate Sunday afternoon performances in Raitt Recital Hall, the series is known nationally for the high quality of its performances, the stunning location, the beautiful and acoustically superior venues, and the engagement and loyalty of its audience. Many of the featured artists have gone on to significant critical and professional acclaim, including cellist Johannes Moser, pianist Haochen Zhang, soprano Jessica Rivera, and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. The Recital Series is made possible by the generous support of G. Beverly Bergmann and other funders to the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts.


About the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts

Delighting more than 50,000 patrons and participants annually with live performances, art exhibitions, and local outreach opportunities, the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts serves as a hub for the arts on Pepperdine University’s Malibu campus, uniquely linking professional guest artists with Pepperdine students as well as patrons from surrounding Southern California communities. Three performance spaces, including the 450-seat Smothers Theatre, the 124-seat Raitt Recital Hall, and the “black box” Lindhurst Theatre, host hundreds of performances, rehearsals, and master classes throughout the year. The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, a dynamic, two-story exhibition space, showcases a revolving selection of modern and contemporary art with a focus on art made in California.


Event Details

WHAT: SooBeen Lee, violin
WHEN: Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
TICKETS: (310) 506-4522 or SooBeen Lee event page
PRICES: Tickets priced at $30 



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