Sung-Ju Lee
violin | Korea, United States of America, °1955
 
VIOLIN 1980 : Twelfth Prize
A violinist of dazzling technique and rare sensibility, Sung-Ju lee has captivated audiences around the world with her "imaginative playing and luminous sound"(Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger, Cologne), her "impeccable technique" (ll Gazzetino,Venice), and her "taste for the dramatic and unflagging sense of authority" (Los Angeles Times). This acclaimed violinist launched her career with a New York Debut in 1977 as a winner of Young Concerts Artists and was immediately recognized as "a first-rate violinist" by the New York Times.

Designated by Musical America Magazine as one of the country's "most outstanding young artists", she has a long list of prizes, starting as a top prize winner of Ewha Young People's Competition in Korea at age 11. She has gone on to win 1st prize in the Wieniawski-Kosciuszko Violin Competition in New York, a top prize in the Sibelius competition in Finland, a special citation as a finalist in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and a Laureate diploma from the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Upon graduation from the Julliard School (where she studied with Ivan Galamian, Margaret Pardee, and Dorothy Delay), she was awarded the First Kreisler Fellowship for graduate studies.

Her list of accomplishments is impressive, beginning with her appearance as, a soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic at age of 9. In the U.S. she has performed with the orchestras of Saint Louis, Seattle, Baltimore, Florida, Duluth, Roanoke among numerous others. Around the world, she has performed as soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Taiwan Symphony, KBS Symphony and Orquest Sinfonica in Caracas, Venezuela. Highlights of her solo appearances include performances with Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony on their tour to the Far East and performances with the Washington based Handel Festival Orchestra on their European tour. She also played with the Handel Festival Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, and was re-invited to perform on their second tour to Europe.

Sung-Ju lee has given many solo recitals and residencies in cities and colleges throughout the U.S. and the Far East, revealing an artist of depth individuality and distinction. She has played solo recitals in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington D.C., Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul and many other cities. Some of her residencies and master classes were given at th Universities of Arizona, Louisiana, Iowa, West Texas, Idaho, San Diego and Stanford and Dartmouth and Amherst Colleges.

In 1994, Sung-Ju Lee was appointed as a professor at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul. Since moving to Korea, she has been actively performing in her native country. Some of her most exciting performances include a nine-city national tour with all Brahms programs, and "Joy of Music" concert series. She has recently performed as a soloist with the Hungarian State Symphony, Pusan Philharmonic, KBS Symphony and the Suwon Philharmonic.

Sung-Ju Lee made her recording debut in 1986 with two Schumann Sonatas, released by the Musical Heritage Society. She also made the recording "Popular Suites and Kreisler" (1992, Musical Heritage Society) and "BACH's Unaccompanied Sonatas & Partitas" (1998, Samsung Music).
Audio
Programme
Final (29/05/1980)
Frederik van Rossum Concerto n. 1 op. 37
Johannes Brahms Sonata n. 1 in G major op. 78
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Concerto in D major op. 35
Sung-Ju Lee, violin
National Orchestra of Belgium, dir. Georges Octors
Semi-final (14/05/1980)
Eugène Ysaÿe Sonata in A minor op. 27/2
Jean Gyselynck Diptyque
Camille Saint-Saëns Introduction et rondo capriccioso in A minor op. 28
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto n. 5 in A major KV 219
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Valse-Scherzo in C major op. 34
Sung-Ju Lee, violin
Sandra Rivers, pianist accompanist
Piano 2020 postponed to May 2021
How the competition unfolds
H.M. Queen Mathilde
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