Meet the Musicians – Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society April, 2018 Concert

Violinist Sean Lee has captured the attention of audiences around the world with his lively performances of the classics. A recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Lee is one of few violinists who dare to perform Niccolò Paganini’s 24 Caprices in concert, and his YouTube series, Paganini POV, continues to draw praise for the use of technology in sharing unique perspectives and insight into violin playing. As an artist at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Lee continues to perform regularly at Lincoln Center, as well as on tour. Originally from Los Angeles, Lee studied with Robert Lipsett of the Colburn Conservatory and legendary violinist Ruggiero Ricci before moving at the age of seventeen to study at the Juilliard School with his longtime mentor, violinist Itzhak Perlman. Lee continues to call New York City home, and currently teaches at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, as well as the Perlman Music Program. Lee performs on a violin originally made for violinist Ruggiero Ricci in 1999, by David Bague.

Korean-American cellist Jia Kim, recipient of the prestigious 2017 career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts, leads a dynamic musical life as a performer, educator, and a passionate advocate for the Arts.  ​She has appeared on stages across the United States, South America, Europe,​ Asia​ and the Middle East​ with performances broadcasted on WQXR, PBS, KMZT​​ Classical, and acclaimed by the New York Time​s. ​ As an alum of the Perlman Music Program,  she joined Itzhak Perlman on a chamber music tour across Toronto, Mexico City, Virginia Beach, Miami and New York City.

Ms. Kim has been invited as Visiting Artist​ at the University of Hawaii​, American Academy of Jordan,​ College of William and Mary, Grand Valley State University, and ​was a Tone Judge for the Violin Society of America’s 2016 International Competition​. ​ Currently ​she ​serves as faculty ​at N​ew York Youth Symphony’s Chamber Music Program​, The Brearley School, and International Music Sessions, a nonprofit organization that brings students from conflict areas around the world​ ​to bridge the gap between cultures through the universal language of music. She is evermore grateful to her mentors and teachers Ronald Leonard, Itzhak & Toby Perlman, and to Joel Krosnick, whom she studied with at the Juilliard School for a Bachelor and Master Degree in Music. Ms. Kim performs on a Testore cello made in 1748.


The winner of the 2017 CME International Performing Arts Grant, pianist Euntaek Kim performs actively as a recitalist and chamber musician. Mr. Kim has performed at numerous venues in Belgium, China, Italy, South Korea, and the United States of America, and collaborated with members of the Enso, Escher, and Ying quartets. In recent years, Mr. Kim’s collaboration with Eric Gratz, the concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony, led to a successful release of a CD album in 2016. Mr. Kim holds the Bachelor and the Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, and the Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music. His
private instructors include Jerome Lowenthal and Boris Berman.