- January 19, 2020
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With performances described by the New York Times as “breathtakingly beautiful”, violinist Sean Lee has captured the attention of audiences worldwide with his lively performances of the classics. A recipient of Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant, his debut album, released by EMI Classics, reached the iTunes top 20 classical bestsellers list. In 2018, Lee released his second album, SONGBOOK, and continues to draw attention to his educational YouTube series, Paganini POV, which utilizes modern technology to share a unique perspective on violin playing.
Lee has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Utah Symphony, Orchestra Del Teatro Carlo Felice, and Israel Camerata Jerusalem. His recital appearances have taken him to Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Festival di Carro Paganiniano of Italy, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. A top prizewinner at the “Premio Paganini” International Violin Competition, Lee embraces the legacy of his late mentor, violinist Ruggiero Ricci, as one of few violinists who dare to perform the complete 24 Caprices of Niccolò Paganini in recital.
Lee has collaborated in performances with Itzhak Perlman, James Galway, Deborah Voigt, and members of the Emerson and Guarneri String Quartets. As an artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Lee has performed often at Lincoln Center, as well as internationally at Lobkowicz Palace in Prague, Czech Republic; LG Arts Center in Seoul, Korea; National Theater in Taipei, Taiwan; and the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Born in Los Angeles, Lee studied in Southern California with Robert Lipsett of the Colburn Conservatory, and with violin legend Ruggiero Ricci. Moving to New York City at age 17, he began studies at the Juilliard School with the internationally acclaimed Itzhak Perlman. Lee earned both Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees at the Juilliard School, and received the William Schuman Prize upon graduation. Also a dedicated educator, Lee is a member of the chamber music faculty of the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, as well as the violin faculty of the Perlman Music Program.
Lee performs on a violin originally made for violinist Ruggiero Ricci in 1999, by David Bague.
Founded in 2018, made up of Pianist Kenny Xingji Piao, Violinist Zhen Yang and Cellist Jia Nan. Bauhinia Trio is now one of the most active youth chamber music group in Hong Kong. All three members graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as first class honor graduates of distinction with a MMus. And currently they are teaching at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. In 2019, they founded “YNK Music” to collaborate with creative young artists.
Xingji Piao Kenny (Pianist) was study on a full scholarship with Department Head Professor Gabriel Kwok and graduated with the First Class Honors in BMus and Distinction in Master Degree at the HKAPA.
He showed great promise from an early age, winning many competitions including the First Prize and four special prizes at the Fifth International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose in the United States, Second Prize and three special prizes at the 11th Grieg International Piano Competition in Norway (2010), Grand Prize at the HKGNA New York Debut Piano Competition and made an acclaimed debut at the New York Carnegie Hall (2010), Second Prize at the 21st International Piano Competition “Rome 2011” in Italy (2011).
Piao has performed around the world. He undertook a concert tour in China in 2006 and also performed in Austria, Poland, Italy and Hungary. In 2010, he made his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2013, he gave a solo recital at the 41st Hong Kong Arts Festival. In 2014, he performed in Pordenone, Italy. It was well received with extensive media coverage in the local press. In addition, Radio 3 Rai, a major classical music radio channel in Italy, arranged for the broadcast of the concert to cities in Europe. And publish the CD.
Zheng Yang (Violinist) received his master degree with distinction from the HKAPA, where he studied under the head of string department professor Mr. Michael Ma and associate professor Mr. Ivan Chan. Mr. Zheng was the first violin of the Gloucester String Quartet and the concertmaster of the Academy Symphony Orchestra. He was also a two-time winner of the concerto competition at the Academy.
Zheng was a participant of the Kent/Blossom Music Festival in 2011 and 2012, where he performed with the Cleveland Orchestra. Apart from giving solo performances, Zheng is also a devoted chamber musician. His Gloucester string quartet received first prize in the Schonefeld International String Competition in 2013. In 2015, the quartet represented the HKAPA to perform in a ten-day tour to the Royal Academy of Music and the Wells Cathedral School in the UK. In 2016, they collaborated the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble to participate in Tongyeong International Music Festival. The quartet has also participated in the McGill International String Quartet Academy, one of the top chamber music festivals in the world, in Montreal. In 2017, the Gloucester string quartet was invited to participate in the HKSAR 20th anniversary concert series in London, organized by the Hong Kong government. They also took part in the prestigious Aspen music festival in Colorado on full scholarship. In 2018, participated in Ensemble Omnia Hong Kong‘s world premiere recording of Mahler symphony No.1 Chamber Version. In 2019, Mr. Zheng Collaborated with Hong Kong String Orchestra in its tour in three “Belt and Road” countries in Southeast Asia.
Mr. Zheng is currently junior department violin teacher at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. The first violin of City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. Principle Second violin of Gustav Mahler orchestra and guest of Shenzhen symphony orchestra.
Jia Nan (Cellist), she was admitted under early enrollment into the Bard College in the United States at the age of 16 and studied under cellist Peter Wiley. Jia Nan earned her bachelor’s degree with first class honours and her master’s degree with distinction, both in music from HKAPA, under the supervision of Professor Ray Wang.
Jia Nan has held multiple recitals in Hong Kong and mainland China. Her awards include Third Prize in the Youth Division of the 4th National Cello Competition of China, Third Prize of the 4th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, Second Prize in cello and First Prize in the Chamber Division of the Schoenfeld International String Competition.
Jia Nan is a cello faculty member of the Hong Kong Academy for Perfoming Arts Junior Department and International Christian Quality Music Secondary and Primary School, freelance player at the HK Phil, Hong Kong Orchetra, Hong Kong String Orchetra, Gustav Mahler Orchestra.
YANG Fan, Doctor of Musical Arts (University of Cincinnati), teaches at Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra. As a freelance player he performed in all professional orchestras of Hong Kong and Macau, Richmond Symphony Orchestra (IN), and many opera productions. He worked at Topeka Symphony Orchestra (KS)
and joined the Asian tour of André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra as well as pop music performances in Hong Kong.
YANG Fan is also the operating director of Schoenfeld International String Competition in Harbin, the educational administration superintendent of Bei Jing Poly WeDo Culture and Music Summer Camp, as well as managing and operating the String Summer Camp and Winter Intensified Training organized by Shen Zhen Poly
Theatre and New World Chamber Players, arranging music and conducting concerts for the New World Chamber Players. He was the China region managing director of Great Wall International Music Academy. In 2019, he was appointed as residence conductor of the newly established Shen Zhen Youth Development Foundation Philharmonic Orchestra, providing music training for the youth who are interested in commonweal activities.
Studied the violin and the viola with professor WANG Jia Yang since 6,YANG Fan was an outstanding graduate of Shen Zhen Arts School, and received First Class Honours at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he played a 1770 viola on loan from Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust made by Lorenzo Storioni in Cremona. He also performed quartet concerts in Thailand and England representing the Academy.