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Angela Lee, Cello and Evelyne Luest, Piano
June 14, 2022
Angela Lee, Cello and Evelyne Luest, Piano

Live Concert June 14

ANDRII DIDORENKO: Postcards from Ukraine  World Premiere

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Op. 40

Angela Lee has given recitals in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Victor Borge Hall and Carnegie 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. 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. She is frequently invited to festivals including St. Petersburg’s Revelations, IMS at Prussia Cove, Cagayan Valley International Music Festival, Taipei Summer Festival, Pontino Festival, La Musica, Banff, Marlboro Music Festival, Anneberg Festival, Chelsea Music Festival, Music Mountain, Mahler-Jihlava Festival, and Mainly Mozart collaborating with Nobuko Imai, Bruno Giuranna, Frans Helmerson, Isabelle Faust, Lydia Artymiw, Andras Schiff, Alexander Lonquich, Franco Petracchi, Stephen Prutsman, members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Beaux Arts Trio, Guarneri Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, and Canadian Brass.

Using music to foster peace and goodwill, Angela Lee has made numerous humanitarian trips to the Republic of the Philippines and the former Yugoslavia. While on a U.N.-sanctioned tour of six war-torn cities throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina, she performed for NATO troops and displaced civilians. Ms. Lee serves on the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Alumni Association Leadership Council and on the Board of Directors of The Resonance Project, which promotes live music in mediation settings and international conflict resolution. As a founding member of The Lee Trio, Angela Lee traveled to Ukraine in 2010 and to Romania in 2017 to work and perform for underprivileged children. Her 1762 cello is made by Nicolo Gagliano from Naples.

An accomplished soloist and chamber musician, EVELYNE LUEST has been hailed in the San Francisco Examiner as a “virtuoso pianist sailing through complex demands … impressive piano technique” and in Fanfare Magazine for her “fine musicianship. Luest finds the right amount of emotion, at times allowing the music to speak so powerfully for itself”. She has performed and toured in Europe, South America, Asia, and the USA. She has won several competitions including the Artists International Competition in New York as a soloist, as well as many awards with the Contrasts Quartet. Ms. Luest has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy, and on NPR’s St. Paul Sunday. Her many collaborations include such noted musicians as cellist Truls Mork, flutist Emmanuel Pahud, cellist Joshua Roman, the Lark Quartet, and the Daedalus String Quartet.  Her performances include festivals and concert venues in Norway, France, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela, Canada, and the US. Ms. Luest’s long list of premieres includes compositions by Ned Rorem, Joan Tower, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Lisa Bielawa. She studied with Gilbert Kalish at SUNY/StonyBrook, where she received an M.M. and D.M.A. in piano performances.