Bringing you music from Beethoven, Mendelssohn to Franck and Piazzolla, USA-based New Zealand cellist Paul Lee and pianist Rachel Song will revive these remarkable works to life!
Felix Mendelssohn- Song Without Words
Ludwig van Beethoven- Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 5 in D major Op. 102 No. 2
Cesar Franck- Sonata in A major
Astor Piazzolla- Le Grand Tango
Please come join us on this amazing night as we journey through music together!
Paul Lee is an aspiring performer and a music education advocate to the younger generation of musicians. He is currently studying towards a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Jean-Michel Fonteneau. Paul received his Bachelor of Music Degree with Honours from the University of Auckland studying under Edith Salzmann and Eliah Sakakushev von-Bismarck.
During his studies he was awarded scholarships including the University of Auckland Cello Bursary Scholarship, Terry Spragg Scholarship and the San Francisco Conservatory Scholarship. Paul, who has always been intrigued in learning new aspects of music has participated in masterclasses with pianists Ekaterina Dershavina, David Dolan, Caroline Almonte and cellists Peter Hoerr, Mark Kosower, Ole Akahoshi, Eric Kim, Nicholas Tzavaras, Tim Gill, Ramon Jaffe and Alvin Wong.
Paul’s orchestral experience includes being the Principal Cellist of the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, Wallace Chamber Orchestra, University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Love and Peace Orchestra and the Auckland Youth Orchestra. He has also had opportunities to perform alongside the Berkeley Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra under the baton of Martin West, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the Manukau Symphony Orchestra.
As an eager chamber musician, Paul has collaborated with many internationally-recognized artists which include violinists Jonathan Morton, Clio Gould, Elisabeth Kufferath and cellists Peter Hoerr, Ramon Jaffe and Alvin Wong. While playing alongside these professionals he was able to perform as the second cello and the cello leader in a chamber orchestra playing works from Brahm's Sextet and Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night. In chamber music, he has worked extensively with Bonnie Hampton, Dimitri Murrath, Ian Swensen, Paul Hersh, Simon James and the Telegraph String Quartet. He was also an invited guest to perform alongside the cello members of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as part of their sanctuary concerts.
Teaching music has been truly fulfilling for Paul as he enjoys the musical growth of his younger counterparts. With a private teaching experience of over nine years he has also been a cello and chamber music tutor at the Pettman National Junior Academy, Marshall Laing Music School and the Joyful Orchestra.
Rachel Song is a South Korean born New Zealand pianist who completed her Masters of Music in classical piano performance at the University of Auckland. She studied with Stephen De Pledge, Rae de Lisle, Bryan Sayer and David Guerin. She received numerous awards and scholarships during her tertiary studies in Auckland and has participated in various music festivals and competitions including ROSL, Wallace International music festival, Gisborne International music competition and Lee University International Piano Festival.
As a dedicated collaborative pianist, she has performed extensively throughout New Zealand with various ensembles and choirs. She has built a unique connection with the North Shore Youth Music with director Vanessa Kay since 2009 and frequently embarks on tours with talented young performers.
As well as being a performer, she is a passionate and experienced music teacher. She has been teaching privately and in institutions for over 10 years based in North Shore and produced outstanding students. Also, from time to time, she flies to third-world countries as part of a missionary group to teach music.