Tchaikovsky & Sibelius

March 20 | 8:00 PM | Michigan Theater

Behind the Music

Join your Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in this celebration of new and old. We start the evening with Christopher Theofanidis’ Rainbow Body. Then, internationally recognized violinist Kyung Sun Lee will take the stage to perform Sibelius’ only Violin Concerto. We will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s epic Symphony No. 4! 



SIBELIUS Violin Concerto

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

Kyung Sun Lee, violin

Earl Lee, conductor

Kyung Sun Lee, Violin


Violinist Kyung Sun Lee captured sixth prize in the 1994 Tchaikovsky Competition, a bronze medal in the 1993 Queen Elisabeth Competition, first prize in the Washington and D’Angelo International Competitions, and third prize in the Montreal International Competition, where she also won the Audience Favorite and the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work prizes. Subsequent to winning these awards she has enjoyed ever-increasing popularity as a performer, both in South Korea and abroad.

An accomplished teacher, Lee has been on the violin faculty at both the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Houston, and is Professor of Violin at Seoul National University. She has been artist and teacher at the music festivals of Aspen, Marlboro, and Ravinia, as well as the Texas Music Festival, Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival, Euroart Chamber Music Festival in Leipzig, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and both the Green Mountain and Great Mountains Chamber Music Festivals. Lee is a former member of the acclaimed KumHo/Asiana String Quartet of South Korea, with whom she performed worldwide. In addition to her busy performing and teaching careers, Lee is in demand as a judge of international violin competitions, including Corpus Christi and Isang Yun.

She received her education at Seoul National University, Peabody Conservatory, and The Juilliard School. Her teachers have included Nam Yun Kim, Sylvia Rosenberg, Robert Mann, Dorothy Delay, and Hyo Kang. She plays a Joseph Guarnerius violin dating from 1723.

Earl Lee,  Conductor


A current Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and former Resident Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Earl Lee is a renowned Korean-Canadian performer who has captivated audiences worldwide. Highlights of his 2019-20 season include leading the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, return engagements with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and debut performances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Earl has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the 50th Anniversary Heinz Unger Award from the Ontario Arts Council, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Scholarship, and the Ansbacher Fellowship. His concerts to date in Canada, the U.S., China, and South Korea have often been accompanied by outreach events beyond the concert hall in the community at large. Earl has degrees in cello from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. He received his Masters in conducting from the Manhattan School of Music. Earl pursued postgraduate studies in conducting at the New England Conservatory prior to his tenure with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

By The Numbers

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Duration (minutes) of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony

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