BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- The Reformed Church of Bronxville will be having a special chamber music concert with string quartet and piano, featuring international violin virtuoso Christopher Lee.
The free event will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 with a reception following in the Edwards Room.
Re-scheduled from early February, this winter musical offering will warm the heart and stir the soul. The program includes Franz Schubert’s beloved "Trout Quintet," as well as J. S. Bach’s beautiful "Sonata in E Major" for violin and harpsichord. Winner of the J. S. Bach International Competition, Lee became a protégé of Zino Francescatti at 16, traveling with him throughout Europe on his final tours. He studied violin and composition at Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts, was a Fulbright Scholar, and has been awarded four honorary doctorate degrees. His other principal teachers were Dorothy DeLay, Arthur Grumiaux, Henryk Szeryng and Nathan Milstein.
Lee has received top prizes in the Carl Flesch International Competition, the Tibor Varga International Competition, The Lion D’or of the French government, a Guggenheim Grant, the Belgian American Award, and The Fritz Kreisler Prize. As an official musical ambassador of the U.S. Department of State, he has played thousands of concerts worldwide, including 40 solo concert tours of Asia.
Lee is known both globally and cosmically, as one of his recordings was chosen to represent human culture on the Voyager Time Capsule. He also is concertmaster of 14 International orchestras. He plays the celebrated 1771 “Accardo” violin made in Turin, Italy, by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini.
He will be joined by RCB’s Minister of Music, Sandor Szabo, at the harpsichord/piano; Andy Kim, cello; Junah Chung, viola; and Kevin Brown, double bass.
The Reformed Church of Bronxville is at 180 Pondfield Road, Bronxville. For more information, call (914) 337-6776 or visit www.reformedchurch.org .
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