Late afternoon on September 21. 2013 – here we see a Wine and Cheese Reception in the Vaults.[photos by Anna Tran and text by Sue Kirsch and the Sonya Kumiko Lee event announcement, close-ups are still frames from video].
A graduate of The Juilliard School, Sonya Kumiko Lee has garnered a reputation amongst audiences as a pianist who plays in “the grand Romantic tradition, with flawless technique, a marvelous variety of colors, and exquisite phrasing.”
Ms. Lee has performed as a soloist at world-renowned concert halls throughout the U.S. and abroad including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Create Center Hall and Aoyama Hall in Osaka, Japan, the Salle de Colonnes in Fontainebleau, France and many more.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, Ms. Lee has collaborated with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Tuscon Symphony Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and illustrious colleagues from The Juilliard School, Curtis, and Yale in cities throughout the U.S. and abroad including New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puigcerdá, Spain.
Recently, Ms. Lee has enjoyed collaborations with esteemed artists in other musical genres including a performance with Tony Award-winning actor, Roger Bart, in Orange County, CA, and several performances with Rivers Cuomo, the brilliant lead singer of the alternative rock band Weezer. Ms. Lee’s performances with Mr. Cuomo have aired on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR, Sirius Satellite Radio, I Heart Radio for Clear Channel, and on Weezer’s latest album, “Hurley”.
Ms. Lee is thrilled make her 12th appearance at the Colly Soleri Music Center this year and dedicated this performance to the memory of Colly and Paolo Soleri. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Orange County, California, Ms. Lee holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School where she was the student of pianists Emanuel Ax and Oxana Yablonskaya.
The Paolo Soleri Memorial continued with an event at the SOLERI BRIDGE AND PLAZA in Scottsdale, AZ, on Sunday, September 22. 2013. We are waiting for photos and will report on this event soon.