June 13, 3pm EDT/8pm BST

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Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G major



Frescobaldi: Toccata 

with Noah Lee, cello

Wieniawski: Scherzo Tarantelle

About the artist

Cellist Sydney Lee made her debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at age 13, under the baton of Maestro Thomas Hong. Since then, she has captured first prize in 10th International Cello Competition, ‘Antonio Janigro,’ debuting with Zagreb Soloists the following year.

For the 2019-20 season, Ms. Lee was appointed principal cellist of The Curtis Symphony Orchestra, where she led the section as they embarked on their United States Tour this past February. Most recently, Ms. Lee was selected as an active participant in the Cello Akademie Rutesheim and Kronberg Academy cello masterclasses as well as a scholar at the Internationale Musikakademie Liechtenstein. A National YoungArts finalist, Ms. Lee was named a 2015 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Moreover, she was also the recipient of the 2015 Korean Honors Scholarship, which was awarded by the South Korean Embassy in Washington D.C.

Ms. Lee has been featured on NPR’s From the Top, Croatian TV Istra, and Philadelphia’s WHYY public radios. As part of the On Stage at Curtis program on WHYY, Ms. Lee was featured on the episode Brilliant Playing and Superb Technique. Featured on the sensational YouTube release of From the Top’s first animated music video, “Passacaglia Powerhouse Sibling Duo,” she performed with her brother, cellist Noah Lee.

Ms. Lee finds passion in using her art as a platform for arts education. She currently serves as a Board of Director and Director of Global Operations at The Back to Bach Project Charitable Foundation LTD, a global initiative to inspire music and arts education to young children and teach them the value of hard work and passion. She was a founding member since its inception in 2014 and served as Regional Director of the Philadelphia chapter for two years. As part of the Community Artist Project at Curtis, Ms. Lee created a three-way collaboration between Play on Philly, The Curtis Institute of Music, and The Back to Bach Project. Most recently, on behalf of The Back to Bach Project, Ms. Lee was selected as a 2020 grantee from the U.S. Presidential Scholars Foundation and Alumni Association Seed Grant Program. Ms. Lee was also the lead cellist of the Heartstrings Cello Ensemble, dedicated to providing performances for local, national, and international missions.

Born in New York, NY, Sydney Lee began her studies with her mother, Soo Lee, at the age of six. Since then, her playing has been influenced by studies with Sophie Shao, Minhye Clara Kim, Julie Albers, Richard Aaron, Peter Wiley and Carter Brey, and the mentorship of American cellist Lynn Harrell. The Emily W. Sunstein Annual Fellow, Ms. Lee is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music. As the recipient of the Eckstein Scholarship, she will be pursuing her Master’s Degree this fall at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University with Hans Jørgen Jensen.


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