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Award-Winning Teen Violinist to Perform at Belz-Parker Artist Ascending Concert Series
Itzhak Perlman Student Sean Lee to Perform Free for Public
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, January 2, 2007 – Sean Lee, an accomplished and award-winning violinist, will perform a free concert on Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 7:45 p.m. in the Belz Auditorium at Baron Hirsch Congregation, 400 South Yates.
The concert is presented by the Belz-Parker Artists Ascending Concert Series, a series that has introduced some of the world’s best up-and-coming musicians to Memphis audiences for more than 40 years. Many of the series past performers have gone on to gain international recognition in the world of classical music.
Lee, who began
playing the violin at the age of four, has impressed audiences nation-wide with
his talent and passion for classical music. At age nine, Lee started playing
with the Disney’s Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, performing with the
Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl in 1997 and as second violin principal at the
Ravinia Festival in
Lee also gained attention by performing with singer Michael Bolton at the 1997 Cable Ace Awards and appearing in the 1998 movie, Music of the Heart. In addition, Lee has performed at the Children’s Burn Center at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon for two consecutive years and in a commercial for Texaco, which sponsors musical education programs.
In 1998, Lee
received an Honorary Award from the Young Musicians Foundation for outstanding
musical achievements, and, the following year, he received an award for
educational excellence from the President of the
Lee has been a
winner of the Redlands Bowl competition, the Valley Cultural Center Scholarship
competition, the Leni Febland Scholarship and the YMF Scholarship. He has made
solo appearances with the Palos Verdes Regional Orchestra, OCHSA Symphony,
Redlands Symphony, Culver City Chamber Orchestra, Capistrano Valley Symphony
Orchestra, Dr. Zipper Orchestra and the Orchestra Da Camera of the
He has performed solo with the Peninsula Symphony as a winner of the Edith Knox Competition, the South Coast Symphony as a “Young Stars of the Future” competition winner, The Torrance Symphony Orchestra as a “Bramhall Young Artist” competition winner and the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra as an “Artist of Tomorrow.”
19, Lee has attended
For more than 40 years, the Artists Ascending Concert Series has brought some of the world’s most promising young classical musicians to Memphis to showcase their blossoming talents. Several notable performers from previous years, including violinist Itzhak Perlman, conductor Daniel Barenboim, pianist Misha Dichter and violinist Gil Shaham, have gone on to achieve worldwide acclaim.
The Belz-Parker Artists Ascending Concert Series is free to the public. For more information, please call (901) 683-7485.
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