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Robert Blocker, Dean

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Clarinet Studio Recital with Seunghee Lee, clarinet

David Shifrin, Director Saturday, December 2, 2017 • 7:30 pm Sudler Recital Hall

yale school of music

Clarinet Studio Recital with Seunghee Lee, clarinet December 2, 2017 • Sudler Recital Hall

Paul Reade 1943–1997

Victorian Kitchen Garden (1991) I. Prelude II. Spring V. Summer

Michele Mangani b. 1966

Executive (2010) Seunghee Lee ’92MM ’94AD, clarinet David Fung ’11MM ’13MMA ’17AD, piano

Johannes Brahms 1833–1897 arr. Seunghee Lee Charles Gounod 1818–1893 arr. Seunghee Lee

Lukas Foss 1922–2009 arr. Richard Stoltzman Edited by S. Lee

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 III. Poco allegretto “Je veux vivre,” from Roméo et Juliette (1867) Seunghee Lee, clarinet Evan Solomon, piano Three American Pieces I. Early Song (1944) II. Dedication (1944) III. Composer’s Holiday (1945) Seunghee Lee, clarinet David Fung, piano intermission

clarinet studio recital


Theme for Clarinet (2016)

Heitor Villa-Lobos 1887–1959 arr. Evan Solomon

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (1945) I. Ária (Cantilena)

Astor Piazzolla 1921–1992 arr. Seunghee Lee

Libertango (1974)

Robert Schumann 1810–1856

Yale Clarinet Choir Seunghee Lee, Richard Adger, Giovanni Bertoni, Graeme Johnson, Michael Moy, Elisha Willinger, Ziqi Yue, clarinet Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73 I. Zart und mit Ausdruck II. Lebhaft, licht III. Rasch und mit Feuer Seunghee Lee, clarinet David Fung, piano

As a courtesy to the performers and audience, silence electronic devices. Please do not leave the hall during selections. Photography or recording of any kind is prohibited.

artist profiles

Seunghee Lee, clarinet Accomplished clarinetist and international recording artist Seunghee Lee brings a vivacious energy, an exquisite elegance, and extraordinary precision to her musical endeavors. Applauded for her expressive playing style, masterful technical skill, and silky, nuanced tone, Clarinet Magazine has reviewed her as “an uncompromising soloist destined to be an upcoming contender of top stature.” Lee’s debut album, Brava (Summit Records, 2000), was produced by multi-Grammy Award-winning producer Joanna Nickrenz with legendary recording engineer Marc Aubort of Elite Recordings in New York City. Upon its release, Lee was highlighted as one of "Top 30 Classical Stars Under 30" by San Francisco’s KDFC radio. Pursuing her passion for recordings, on the next three albums, Embrace (2011), Hidden Treasures (2013), and Solace (2016), she ventured into mainstream classical music and beyond, transcribing and arranging for the clarinet some of the most beloved works that were originally written for other instruments. Embrace climbed the HMV Classical Charts in Hong Kong to No. 4, while Hidden Treasures, independently released on her own label, climbed to No. 2 on “Top 10 Classical and Jazz Charts” at Hong Kong Records. Solace is a “Healing Through Music” project, which was created in honor of the 25th anniversary of her father's life being taken away in senseless gun violence on the South Side of Chicago. Based on the five stages of grieving (denial, depression, anger, bargaining, and acceptance), Lee

produced Solace as a way to bring closure to those years of silently grieving and dedicates Solace to millions of others suffering silently due to such unfortunate events. Solace was featured as the “Album of the Week” in Classic FM Netherlands and was included on its Album Top 20 chart. Lee’s recordings have gained numerous airplays around the world and have individually been chosen as the “CD of the Week” at KDFC (San Francisco), at WSCL (Maryland), and at Fine Music Radio in Cape Town (South Africa), and were featured on WFMT (Chicago) and on Girl Power at WRR 101 (Dallas/Fort Worth). In recent years, Lee’s exploration into cinema music led to an unprecedented collaboration with the world-renowned Andrea Morricone, the composer of the “Love Theme” from Cinema Paradiso, a timeless iconic Italian film. Lee appeared with Maestro Morricone in a full-length concert for which he conducted and orchestrated world-premiere arrangements for Lee, for clarinet and orchestra, including the "Love Theme" from Cinema Paradiso, Ennio Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe, Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s The Sheltering Sky, and many other cinematic works that are available for viewing on Lee's YouTube channel. Born in Seoul and raised in Chicago, Lee received her bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Charles Neidich and received her master of music degree and artist diploma from the Yale School of Music as a full scholarship student of David Shifrin.

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Also a highly skilled golfer, Lee (a.k.a. Sunny Kang) spoke at TEDx Hong Kong about the surprising similarities between golf and music and the mental challenges of viewing both skills through the lens of a perfectionist. After living abroad in Hong Kong for nearly 10 years, she and her family moved back to the United States in 2015 and currently reside in New York City.

David Fung, piano Described as “stylish and articulate” in The New York Times and as having “superstar qualities” by Le Libre, pianist David Fung is widely recognized for performances that are elegant and refined, yet intensely poetic and uncommonly expressive. Mr. Fung appears regularly with the world’s premier ensembles, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, and with the major orchestras in Australia, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In July 2016, Mr. Fung’s highly acclaimed debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival was “everything you could wish for” (Cleveland Classical) and he was praised as an “agile and alert interpreter of Mozart’s crystalline notespinning” (The Plain Dealer). Other highlights of that season include performances at Caramoor, Tippet Rise Art Center, Bravo! Niagara Festival of the Arts, and Schloss Elmau, as well as his New York recital debut presented by Lincoln Center’s Great Performers. In 2017–18, he has solo recital debuts at the Brussels Piano Festival and the Kennedy Center presented by Washington

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Performing Arts, and performances with Orpheus, the Sun Valley Symphony, Albany Symphony, and Marin Symphony. He returns to the Ravinia Festival and Lincoln Center’s Great Performers this season. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Fung is a frequent guest artist at prestigious festivals and venues worldwide. Festival highlights include performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Blossom Music Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, and Ravinia Festival. At his Edinburgh International Festival debut, the Edinburgh Guide described Mr. Fung as being “impossibly virtuosic, prodigiously talented ... and who probably does ten more impossible things daily before breakfast.” Mr. Fung garnered international attention as a prizewinner at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels and the Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv. In Israel, he was further distinguished by the Chamber Music and Mozart Prizes, awarded in areas in which Mr. Fung has a particularly passionate interest. Mr. Fung was the first piano graduate of the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles and holds graduate degrees from the Yale School of Music. Mr. Fung is a Steinway Artist.

Evan Solomon, piano Pianist Evan Solomon has appeared in chamber music and vocal recitals in France, Germany, China, Japan, Korea, and throughout the United States. His exceptionally wide repertoire has led to frequent engagements as the official pianist at such events as the Hannover International Violin Competition, the International Viola Congress, the West Point Clarinet Summit, and the Starling-DeLay Violin Symposium. Mr. Solomon’s performances as a faculty artist at
the Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea have
been heard on the Korean Broadcasting System and on National Public Radio’s Performance Today in America. Additional television credits include appearances on the Arts & Entertainment Network’s Breakfast with the Arts with violinist Sarah Chang and cellist Han-Na Chang, and Live from Lincoln Center: Perlman at the Penthouse on PBS. His recordings with tenor Michael Sells and clarinetist Seunghee Lee have received wide critical acclaim. Evan Solomon began his piano studies with Olga Radosavljevich at the Cleveland Institute of Music. A graduate of Grinnell College with a major in mathematics, he received a master of music degree from the University of Southern California as a student of Brooks Smith. Mr. Solomon has been on the accompanying staff at the Juilliard School since 1986.

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