Youngest Finalist in 45 Years of the Concert Artists Guild New York Competition
Thursday, October 29, 1998; 7:30 p.m.
New York Debut with the Miro Quartet and Pei-Yao Wang, piano
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
In 1994 at age fifteen, virtuoso violist Scott Lee advanced to the finals of the Concert Artists Guild Competition; in 1996, he came back to win the Nathan Wedeen Award after winning numerous other top competition prizes. A student of the Juilliard School, Mr. Lee performs at festivals including the lnternational Hindemith Viola Festival and the Marlboro Festival. The combination of viola sonatas and works for solo viola with chamber ensemble make this New York debut a unique occasion.
At age twenty, violist Scott Lee has already distinguished himself by winning several competition prizes, most recently a Nathan Wedeen Award at the 1996 Concert Artists Guild Competition. In 1990, he won First Prize in both violin and viola at the Taiwan National Instrumental Competition. In 1994, he was the First Prize winner of the Rio Hondo Young Artist Competition; Second Prize winner of the Corpus Christi Young Artist Competition and of the Pasadena Instrumental Competition; Third Prize Winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition; and winner of an Honorable Mention at the Concert Artists Guild Competition, where he was the youngest artist in the 45-year history of the competition to have performed in the final round. In 1995, he won Third Prize of the William Primrose International Viola Competition.
Mr. Lee has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the International Chamber Orchestra, the Rio Hondo Symphony, and the Symphony Orchestra of the Music Academy of the West. Festival appearances in 1997 included the Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival and La Jolla Summerfest. In 1995, Mr. Lee was invited to perform at the International Hindemith Viola Festival. He premiered Michael Berkeley's Odd Man Out at the 22nd International Viola Congress in 1994. The 1998-99 season will include performances at the Marlboro Music Festival, and for the Tri County Concert Association in Pennsylvania.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Mr. Lee began his music studies on the violin at age eight. He took up the viola at age thirteen, and came to the United States the next year to study at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, where his viola teacher was Donald McInnes and his violin teacher was Todor Pelev. He has studied with Michael Tree at the Curtis Institute of Music and is currently enrolled at The Juilliard School where he studies with Paul Neubauer.
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