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Due to the alert level restrictions in Auckland, pianist Rachel Song will not be able to come in time for the concert. Because of this unforeseen circumstance the Cello-Piano Duo concert will be POSTPONED until further notice. NEVERTHELESS, Paul Lee will still be performing a CELLO SOLO concert with a revised programme on this date. He will be playing works by Bach, Hindemith and Cassado!
Johann Sebastian Bach
Cello Suite No. 6 in D major
Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat major
Cello Suite No. 3 in C major
Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major
v. Minuet I & II
Sonata for Solo Cello Op. 25 No. 3
Suite for Cello Solo
I. Preludio - Fantasia
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.