A graduate of the Juilliard School and former student of Itzhak Perlman, violinist Sean Lee is both a talented musician and a dedicated educator. He currently performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and teaches at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division and Perlman Music Program.

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> GOOD EVENING.

WELCOME TO NYC ARTS.

I'M PAULA ZHAN AT THE TISH LINCOLN STUD CENTER.

AT JEROME L. GREEN AT WQXR.

THESE GRANTS OF $25,000 GIVE PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE AND RECOGNITION TO TALENTED INSTRUMENTALISTS WHO HAVE GREAT POTENTIAL FOR SOLO CAREERS.

A GRADUATE OF THE JULLIARD SCHOOL AND FORMER STUDENT OF YITZHAK PEARLMAN, SEAN LEE IS A TALENTED MUSICIAN AND DEDICATED EDUCATOR.

HE CURRENTLY PERFORMS WITH THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER AND TEACHES AT THE JULLIARD'S SCHOOL PRECOLLEGE DIVISION AND PEARLMAN MUSIC PROGRAM.

I WAS BORN IN L.A. TO KOREAN PARENTS.

MY BEGINNINGS WITH THE VIOLIN ARE SLIGHTLY UNROMANTIC.

I BASICALLY USED TO HAVE TO WAIT FOR MY BROTHER TO FINISH SCHOOL BECAUSE HE'S OLDER.

MY MOTHER DECIDED THAT INSTEAD OF LETTING ME JUST SIT AROUND THAT I SHOULD DO SOMETHING.

SO SHE SIGNED ME UP FOR A SUZUKI PROGRAM.

I SORT OF TOOK OFF WITH IT RIGHT AWAY.

I HAVE HAD THREE GREAT VIOLIN TEACHERS THAT I WORKED.

ROBERT LIPSOD AT THE CONSERVATORY AND RICHEY, A MUN 'NIQUE VIOLINIST AND OF COURSE YITZHAK PEARLMAN WHO I CONTINUE TO WORK WITH.

THEY ALL IMPARTED SUCH DIFFERENT STYLES AND DIFFERENT WISDOM.

I CONSIDER MYSELF REALLY INCREDIBLY LUCKY.

THIS VIOLIN WAS MADE IN 1999 FOR RICCI.

HE LOVED THIS VIOLIN.

IT IS A COPY OF A -- HE WANTED ME TO HAVE A FIDLE THAT WOULD DO THE JOBBING REALLY WORK.

SO HE ARRANGED FOR ME TO HAVE THIS VIOLIN.

♪ THE PIECE I'M PLAYING HAS A LONG TITLE FOR A SHOW PIECE.

THE STORY BEHIND IT IS THAT HE WROTE AN ETUDE IN THE FORM OF A WALTZ.

IT'S A VITUOSIC PIECE FOR PIANO AND HE WAS A FAN OF THE PIECE AND DECIDED TO MAKE A VERSION FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO.

I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I HEARD IT BECAUSE IT WAS NOT ONLY VIRTUES OFFIC BUT ADVENTUROUS BUT ADVENTUROUS AND ADVENTUROUS AND ADVENTUROUS AND ADVENTUROUS AND ADVENTUROUS AND ADVENTUROUS AND HITS YOU IN THE FACE.

PETER DOUG EN AND I PLAY RECITALS TOGETHER REGULARLY.

WE HAVE A BIT OF A SPECIAL BOND BECAUSE WE MET AT TEENAGERS.

SO HE'S NOT ONLY A COLLABORATOR BUT REALLY A GOOD FRIEND.

SINCE THE PIECE IS ORIGINALLY FOR SOLO PIANO, THE PIANO PART HAS A LOT OF VIRTUES OFTY.

-- VIRTUES OFTY.

AS A PIECE THAT WAS ORIGINALLY COMPOSED FOR ONE PERSON TO PLAY THERE IS A LOT OF FREEDOM IN TIME.

SO WHEN PETER AND I PLAY IT TOGETHER WE ARE CONSTANTLY ON OUR TOES.

♪ I'M THRILLED TO RECEIVE THE AVERY FISHER CAREER GRANT.

IT'S SUCH A SPECIAL WAY TO RECOGNIZE AND SUPPORT YOUNG ARTISTS.

AT THIS POINT IN MY CAREER, I'M VERY HAPPILY LIVING A VERY RICH LIFE OF PERFORMING AND TEACHING AND EXPLORING.

I FEEL LIKE THIS IS REALLY JUST THE BEGINNING.

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