The Lee TrioSan Francisco, CA
Since their critically acclaimed Wigmore Hall London debut in 2002, The Lee Trio’s "gripping immediacy and freshness" and "rich palette of tone colours" [The Strad] has inspired and moved audiences worldwide, establishing the dynamic ensemble of sisters and native San Franciscans–Lisa, violin; Angela, cello; and Melinda, piano–as one of the premier chamber ensembles on the international stage.
In recent seasons, The Lee Trio has given numerous performances throughout Italy, recitals at St. Olave’s in Kent, England; Villa Boveri in Baden, Switzerland; Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Victor Borge Hall at Scandinavia House, Chelsea Art Museum and the Center for Jewish History in New York City; Le Petit Trianon Theatre in San Jose; Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, San Antonio Chamber Music Society; Gorham’s Bluff Institute in Alabama; San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park; the Art Center and the Philharmonie in Berlin; Kloisters in Plankstetten and the Franckeschen Stiftungen Konzertsaal in Halle, Schumann-Haus, the Mendelssohn Festival and Bachfest, Leipzig, Germany; Noedebo Kro and the Old Radio House in Copenhagen, Denmark. In connection with their Canadian debut at the Markham Theatre in Toronto, the Trio was featured on Rogers Television’s daytime York Region and Asian Inspiration. Orchestral engagements have included performances of Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at the Philharmonic in Kiev, Ukraine, the Shanghai Philharmonic, Shenzhen Symphony and Macao Youth Symphony orchestras. The Trio’s tours of China have included recitals and masterclasses in Hong Kong, Macao, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Shanghai, at the Zhongshan Culture and Art Center, Hong Kong’s City Hall Theatre and Lee Hysan Concert Hall, recordings for RTHK4, Hong Kong’s classical broadcast radio, and a guest appearance on the televised program, Music of Friends. The Trio was also chosen to perform for German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Leo Baeck Institute during her official visit to New York City in 2010.
Educating the next generation of musicians is integral to the Trio’s mission. In addition to giving master classes at schools and universities worldwide, the Trio regularly carves time for outreach and concerts in areas where the arts have little or no exposure. Each member received the 2006 California State Assembly Recognition for Exemplary Service to the Community. In 2010 the Trio was the first classical ensemble to perform for students at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy located in the heart of Las Vegas’ most at-risk neighborhood; and in 2011, the Trio took part in a humanitarian trip to teach music and work with underprivileged children in Ukraine. The Trio has served on the faculty of Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Italy; and during 2013-14, they will coach chamber groups under the auspices of San Francisco-based Young Chamber Musicians.
Working with and performing the music of living composers is another passion. As a recipient of San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music Musical Grant, The Lee Trio commissioned and premiered Stookey’s Piano Trio No. 1 in 2009. The Trio served as Ensemble-in-Residence at the 2010 Chelsea Music Festival and performed the world-premiere of Jane Antonia Cornish’s Duende. Other piano trios by celebrated composers Laurence Rosenthal, Julian Yu, Sylvie Bodorova, and Uljas Pulkkis have been given their world, American and European premieres by The Lee Trio.
This season marks several firsts for The Lee Trio, including leading the Open Door summer residency at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany; reviving Artur Schnabel’s Piano Trio (1947) back to concert stage and giving its San Francisco premiere in Spring 2014; the European premiere of Trio in F-Sharp by Philip Lasser and an album release by Delos Productions, featuring Duende and chamber music of Jane Antonia Cornish.
The members of The Lee Trio are graduates of The Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School, Yale and Harvard, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. The Trio won 2nd Prize at the 2004 Gaetano Zinetti Competition in Italy and the Recording Prize at the 2004 Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition in Finland and was awarded the 2007 Gotthard-Schierse-Stiftung grant in Berlin for rising international artists. Lisa Lee plays on a 1872 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume; Angela Lee performs on a 1762 Nicolo Gagliano cello from Naples; Melinda Lee Masur is a Steinway Artist.
MENDELSSOHN PIANO TRIO NO. 2 IN C-MINOR
The Lee Trio performs Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio no. 2 in c-minor. 3. Scherzo. molto Allegro quasi Presto 4. Finale Allegro Appassionato