Saturday, February 20, 2016

Noah Lee | FIRST PRIZE, Cat.A | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition, Strings 2015/2016

First Prize
Noah Lee
Score: 90 | Cat.A

- A. Piazzolla / Le Grand Tango

Artistic biography
In 2012, at 12 yrs of age, Noah Lee caused an international sensation by winning the first prize at the 7th International Tchaikovsky competition for Young Musicians in Montreaux, Switzerland, becoming the first and only US cellist ever to win the competition. More recently, in 2014, he won the grand prize at the 10th Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Porec, Croatia, again becoming  the first American cellist to win grand in the competition's history. Noah gave a solo recital in Croatia as well as a solo debut with the Zagreb Soloists, at the Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Noah has been featured as a soloist with Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble 212, Lausanne Sinfonietta, and The Russian State Orchestra. In the spring of 2014, he had an engagement with The Princeton Symphony Orchestra as a soloist, in their "PSO Bravo" 5 concert series.  Noah has appeared twice on NPR's From The Top, a US national radio broadcast. He aired on European stations such as Radio Television Suisse and Croatian TV Istra. In the spring of 2015, he was invited to participate in the "Rencontres Musicales Internationales en Wallonie" 2015 masterclasses in Wavre, Belgium. Noah's summer studies include The Meadowmount School of Music and Mount Royal Summer Music Bridge in Calgary, Canada, both receiving merit scholarships. During the summer of 2015, he attended the Aspen Music Festival as a New Horizon Fellow. Currently, Noah is the lead cellist and a founding member of the award winning Heartstrings Cello Ensemble, a group dedicated to providing concerts and performances for local and global missions and charities. Noah is also the founder and president of The "Back to BACH" Project, a group dedicated to encouraging the love of classical music in young children. He is a scholarship student at the Don Bosco Preparatory School and studies with Richard Aaron at The Juilliard School, Pre-College Division. Other influential teachers have been Soo Youn Lee and Hans Jorgen Jensen. 

Teacher: Richard Aaron