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Angela Lee and Robert Howard Cello Duo
November 18, 2018
Angela Lee and Robert Howard Cello Duo

Noontime Concerts Sundays at the SF Mint 2:00 p.m. 

Alessandro Scarlatti: Sonata No. 3

Luigi Boccherini: Sonata in A Major

Jean-Baptiste Barriere: Sonata for Two Cellos in G Major

David Popper: Suite for Two Cellos, Op.16

Since giving her Carnegie Hall debut in 1994, Angela Lee’s “amazing finesse, control and coloration” [San Francisco Chronicle] has been celebrated with recitals in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and Victor Borge Hall in New York, Chicago’s Cultural Center, The Phillip’s Collection and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Copenhagen’s Nationalmuseet and the Purcell Room at South Bank Centre in London. Her festival appearances include Mahler-Jihlava, St. Petersburg’s Revelations, International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, La Musica, Marlboro, Chautauqua, Chelsea, Mainly Mozart, and Music Mountain. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Yale School of Music, she is a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to study in London with William Pleeth, a grant from the Foundation for American Musicians in Europe, the Jury Prize in the Naumburg International Cello Competition, and a cello performance fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation. With her two sisters, Angela Lee tours internationally as The Lee Trio, appearing in major venues in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Kiev, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Toronto. The Trio’s world premiere recording of Jane Antonia Cornish’s piano trio, Duende, was released on Delos in spring 2014. Ms. Lee plays on a 1762 Nicolo Gagliano cello from Naples.

A native of Atlanta, GA, Robert Howard began studying cello at age 12. A graduate of Rice University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has studied and performed at festivals such as Tanglewood, Spoleto, Verbier, the Accademia Chigiana, and the Sandor Vegh Academy in Prague. Robert won first prize in the Rome Festival Competition and has received grants from the Maggini and Virtu Foundations. Robert has performed in the Festival Internacional de Musica in Costa Rica, the Festival de Guadarrama in Spain, and on the Mostly Mozart series in Lincoln Center. He has performed with American Bach Soloists, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, and the San Francisco Symphony. A regular guest on many Bay Area chamber music series, Robert has also made concerto appearances with BARS Orchestra and Stanford Symphony. He has worked directly with composers such as Osvaldo Golijov, Gabriela Frank, George Perle, George Benjamin, and Jonathan Berger. Robert runs his own house concert series, concertsbythesquare.org, which combine thematically linked chamber music programs with food and short lecture presentations. A passionate teacher, he has made two trips to Kenya, where he taught and performed. He has coached at San Francisco Conservatory, Stanford University, San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, and the Conservatorio Superior Coruña in Spain.