Emerald City Music Featured in The Seattle Times
March 23, 2022
"Performing-arts organizations were already climbing a steep hill in their efforts to broaden their audiences when the pandemic made it steeper. Now as we’re finally starting to gather again for live music, one classical-music presenter, Emerald City Music, now in its seventh season, is renewing its efforts to attract new listeners by providing what artistic director Kristin Lee calls a 'Friday date-night vibe,' setting up an atmosphere in which 'musicians can engage as much with the audience as with each other.'"
Kristin Performs with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra
February 5 and 6, 2022
On February 5 and 6, 2022, Kristin Lee performed Vivian Fung's Violin Concerto with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Andrew Hilary Grams. Prior to the performances, Kristin joined Vivian and Andrew for a virtual chat about the program.
Emerald City Music Announces Spring 2022 Programming
January 27, 2022
Spring 2022 performance highlights include a concert portraying the evolution of the keyboard, with harpsichord, piano and synthesizer performances from the baroque to modern day by Henry Kramer, Mikael Darmanie, Vicky Chow, and Kenneth Weiss on February 25 and 26; ECM’s annual Composer-in-Spotlight concert, this year featuring American composer George Crumb in a multimedia performance featuring the JACK Quartet and film by Zac Nicholson on March 25 & 26; Clarinet Quintets from the 19th century by Carl Maria von Weber and 21st century by David Bruce, featuring multi award-winning Spanish clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester on April 29 & 30; and a concert featuring a string trio arrangement of Bach’s iconic Goldberg Variations, performed by violinist Kristin Lee, violist Juan Miguel Hernandez, and cellist Efe Baltacigil on May 13 & 14.
Kristin Lee Honors Dorothy DeLay
December 1, 2021
On Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 7:30pm ET, violinist Kristin Lee hosted a panel for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Musical Heritage Series, which explored the musical legacies of towering figures in classical music through conversations with students and colleagues along with film clips and historical photos. For this special program, Lee fondly remembered her teacher and legendary violin pedagogue, Dorothy DeLay. Joining the panel were distinguished guests and former DeLay students and colleagues, Itzhak Perlman, Toby Perlman, Cho-Liang Lin, and Sandra Rivers, as they paid tribute to this great artist who mentored generations of musicians. The presentation included rarely seen photos and videos, and a Q&A with the virtual audience following the presentation.
Kristin Lee University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
April 22, 2021
UC College-Conservatory of Music Dean Stanley E. Romanstein has announced the addition of acclaimed violinist Kristin Lee to the college’s roster of distinguished performing and media arts faculty members. Praised by the likes of The Strad, The Washington Post, New York Classical Review and more, Lee’s appointment as Assistant Professor of Violin begins on Aug. 15, 2021.
Emerald City Music Launches Fundraiser for COVID-19 Relief
March 24, 2020
Emerald City Music, the Seattle-based chamber music series Kristin Lee co-founded, has launched a fundraising campaign for 27 musicians whose livelihood has been severely affected by the coronavirus crisis.
New album with pianist Jeremy Jordan
March 6, 2020
Kristin Lee and Jeremy Jordan have recorded a new album at Oktaven Audio in NYC. Stay tuned!
Reena Esmail Piano Trio World Premiere
November 25, 2019
Kristin Lee joined cellist Joshua Roman and pianist David Fung to perform the world premiere of Reena Esmail's Piano Trio, put piano trios by Ravel and Mendelssohn, presented by Town Hall Seattle.
Interview Feature in LA Weekly
November 12, 2019
Kristin Lee spoke with LA Weekly about a pivotal experience in her life from 2009 at Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival.
New video from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
October 29, 2019
Kristin Lee and pianist Gloria Chien performed Crumb’s Four Nocturnes (Night Music II) at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in April 2019.
Review in The Strad
October 28, 2019
"a lovely concert of less familiar works by familiar composers"
"tender playing not just from violinist Kristin Lee, but also in the way violist Richard O’Neill and cellist Clive Greensmith approached the accompaniment [Schubert String Trio]"
New video from Camerata Pacifica
July 29, 2019
Kristin Lee and pianist Gilles Vonsattel performed Beethoven's Violin Sonata in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2 at Camerata Pacifica in February 2019.
Kristin writes, " I remember studying this work from such a young age, and it’s amazing how this piece has and continues to evolve with me. I’m joined by one of my favorite people/pianists, Gilles Vonsattel. Hope you enjoy this performance!"
Interview in San Francisco Classical Voice
July 11, 2019
Kristin Lee’s Deep Dive Into Chamber Music
Kristin Lee performs the music of George Crumb at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
April 17, 2019
Kristin writes, "What an honor to live in George Crumb’s music this past week, and to meet and play for the legend himself. Thank you, George Crumb, for inspiring all of us with not only your brilliant mind, but your humbleness and generosity as well. And thank you, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center , for giving all of us this incredible opportunity. This week will live on with me forever!"
Kristin Lee performs West Side Story Suite with the Amarillo Symphony
February 21, 2019
Kristin writes, "I stopped by KAMR Local 4 News last week to talk about my concert with Amarillo Symphony and play 'Somewhere' from the West Side Story Suite. Here’s the full TV segment with Jacomo Bairos! Thanks again to KAMR, Amarillo Symphony, and Jacomo for having me!"
Tour with Silkroad Ensemble
February 6, 2019
Kristin writes, "UNFORGETTABLE week with these amazing people ... and a great chance to explore Boulder and Portland for the first time. Thank you, Silkroad, for this memorable experience!"
Interview in Classical Post
January 29, 2019
In An Age of Division, Violinist Kristin Lee Showcases American Pride In Classical Music
New video from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
November 29, 2018
Kristin Lee and pianist Michael Brown performed Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94a at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in July 2017. You can now watch a video of their performance. WATCH HERE
Kristin Lee performs with Itzhak Perlman, Michael Tilson Thomas, and the San Francisco Symphony
September 6, 2018
Kristin Lee joined her former teacher Itzhak Perlman for a performance of Bach's Concerto for Two Violins at San Francisco Symphony's Opening Night Gala, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.
Watch Kristin Lee and Jason Vieaux live on WRTI
January 22, 2018
Kristin Lee and Jason Vieaux preview their sold out concert at Philadelphia Chamber Music Society with works by Piazzolla, Paganini, and Vivian Fung's Twist, which Kristin commissioned.
Emerald City Music opens with John Luther Adams world premiere
September 22, 2017
Emerald City Music, co-founded by Artistic Director Kristin Lee and Executive Director Andrew Goldstein, kicked off its second season with a program featuring a world premiere by Grammy-winning composer John Luther Adams.
The SunBreak reported, "The enthusiastic sold-out audience bodes well for the rest of this season with its six concerts all of which include fresh and unexpected musical ideas."
Emerald City Music's 2017-18 season continues on October 27 and 28. Learn more at www.emeraldcitymusic.org
Kristin Lee performs in Moab Music Festival
August 31, 2017
Every September, Moab Music Festival brings musicians to red rock venues around Moab, Utah. Watch Kristin's performance with cellist Clancy Newman as part of a 3-day river trip in McDonald Creek Canyon.
Kristin Lee and Matthew Lipman enthrall SPAC audience with Handel/Halvorsen Passacaglia
August 23, 2017
Kristin Lee and violist Matthew Lipman performed the Handel/Halvorsen Passacaglia as part of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's residency at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Watch below!
Kristin Lee receives glowing review for her Prokofiev sonata at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
July 18, 2017
"[Kristin Lee]'s Prokofiev was, in a word, spectacular. And, with their usual knack for matching up musicians of like quality, Michael Brown at the Steinway played with thrilling verve and clarity." - Oberon's Grove
Kristin Lee performs Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with Nu Deco Ensemble
May 1, 2017
Kristin Lee joined Miami's Nu Deco Ensemble for a packed season finale at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Composer Sam Hyken created a program featuring versions of Bach's Toccata and Fugue, Stravinsky's The Firebird and Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, which featured Kristin Lee as soloist.
New video: Glitch for violin and "hacked" theremin
March 31, 2017
Jakub Ciupinski wrote Glitch for Kristin Lee's Double Helix project back in April 2014. This performance, live at National Sawdust in November 2015, is an "upgraded" version with extended improvisations.
Kristin Lee performs virtuosic LeClair concerto on tour with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
March 8, 2017
CMS of Lincoln Center's program "Parisian Tableau" features Kristin Lee in Jean-Marie Leclair's Concerto in E minor for Violin, String Quartet, and Continuo, Op. 10, No. 5 (1745), plus works by Françaix, Ravel, and Chausson.
March 14 - Charlottesville, VA
March 16 - Grand Rapids, MI
March 19 - Vancouver, BC
March 21 - Athens, GA
March 25 - Detroit, MI
March 28 - New York, NY
March 29 - Chicago, IL
Kristin Lee performs Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with Symphony Tacoma on March 25 & 26
January 23, 2017
Kristin Lee makes her debut with Symphony Tacoma, conducted by Sarah Ioannides, performing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1, “Winter Dreams” complete the program.
Visit www.symphonytacoma.org for more information and tickets.
Read Tacoma Weekly's preview of the concert here.
Kristin returns to the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic
January 15, 2017
Following a successful performance in November 2016, violinist Kristin Lee was invited back to The National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic to perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with conductor José Antonio Molina on January 13, 2017. Watch the live performance below!
Kristin embarks on national tour with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
December 8, 2016
Kristin joins The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for a national tour of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.
Watch Kristin perform "wordless conversation" at TEDxNewYork
December 1, 2016
In September, Kristin represented The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at TEDxNewYork with violist Matthew Lipman, where they received a standing ovation for their performance of Johan Halvorsen's Passacaglia in G minor.
Kristin and the Nordic Chamber Orchestra receive stellar review
October 8, 2016
Kristin Lee joined conductor Sarah Iaonnides and the Nordic Chamber Orchestra for Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Sundsvalls Tidning wrote this review, reporting “... it is rare to hear a violinist with such a mellow, confident and stable sound, who does not need intensive vibrato to fill the room and carry out over the orchestra.”
Violinist Kristin Lee featured in Simple Gifts: CMS at Shaker Village
September 13, 2016
Kristin Lee is featured in the season premiere of Live from Lincoln Center, streaming now on WNET Thirteen New York. Watch her lead the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Copland's Appalachian Spring at 58 minutes into the program.
Kristin Lee appears at TEDxNewYork
September 13, 2016
Kristin and violinist Matthew Lipman recently represented the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at TEDxNewYork.
Kristin Lee joins Camerata Pacifica
August 22, 2016
Kristin officially joins the Camerata Pacifica as a Principal Artist on their roster, sitting in the The Bernard Gondos Chair. In April 2017, she will perform Beethoven’s "Razumovsky" String Quartet with violinist Giora Schmidt, violist Richard O'Neill, and cellist Ani Aznavoorian.
Kristin Lee signs with Jensen Artists
July 6, 2016
We are delighted to announce that violinist Kristin Lee has joined the Jensen Artists roster for both management and PR!
Since her concerto debut with Orchestra Atlanta at the age of 10, Kristin has enjoyed a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. Kristin was the recipient of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a top prizewinner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition. She has been praised for her "mastery of tone" by The Strad and described as "operating on such a high level that the music carried the day" by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her recent debut at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra was deemed a "perfect balance of finesse and vigor" and a "commanding performance that demanded and got rapt attention from the audience" by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Other recent engagements include appearances with the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra of China and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and a program of new works commissioned by Kristin, which was premiered at Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live and performed at Le Poisson Rouge.
Kristin was a winner of Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions and has spent the last six years developing her career on the non-profit organization's highly esteemed and intensely cultivated roster of classical musicians. We are thrilled and grateful that Astral Artists' Vera Wilson connected Kristin with Jensen Artists earlier this year, and look forward to partnering with her in her career.
Upcoming highlights for the 2016-17 season include her debut with the Tacoma Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Nordic Chamber Orchestra of Sweden, and return to the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Dominican Republic. Kristin is also a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, following her completion of a three-year residency as a CMS Two artist, and will tour in 12 states across the country with the world-renowned chamber group this season.
Kristin has previously appeared as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Korean Broadcasting Symphony of Korea, and more, and on some of the world’s finest concert stages including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Ravinia Festival, Metropolitan Museum, Louvre Museum in Paris, and Korea’s Kumho Art Gallery.