Singapore Artist To Perform In Hong Kong


Singapore’s young violin virtuoso Min Lee will perform with the 58-member Hong Kong Sinfonietta, in the Le French May 2003 Festival at 8pm on 10 May 2003, at the Hong Kong City Hall.


The SARS outbreak has caused many artists to cancel or reschedule their touring plans to SARS infected countries and regions but Min Lee has decided to stick to her decision, in accepting the invitation to perform with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in a concert titled "Violinmania III". Min Lee is set to showcase her virtuosic playing in Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 3 and Franz Waxman’sCarmen Fantasy, while the Hong Kong Sinfonietta will perform Roman Carnival by Berlioz and Bizet’sSymphony No 1 under the baton of Yip Wing-sie.


Ms Goh Ching Lee, Director of Programmes and International Development Division at the National Arts Council, remarked "I admire Min Lee’s decision as it shows her strong commitment and professionalism as an artist. The arts play an even more important role in difficult times, as it can uplift our spirits and inspire us to move forward."


Winner of numerous awards including the Best Performer Award at the Singapore National Music Competition at the age of eight, and the "laureate" title at Prague’s Kocian International Violin Competition at age 11, Min Lee is recognized as an icon for the Arts in Singapore. She was the youngest student ever to be admitted to a Masters programme in the School of Music at Yale at the age of 14, and studied under the tutorship of violin virtuoso Erick Friedman who himself was a student of Milstein and Heifetz’s protégé. Min Lee has embarked on an international performing career since her graduation. She has performed with renowned orchestras and maestros such as the Royal Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Charles Dutoit and Thomas Sanderling, and has toured around Asia and Australia. Her Wigmore Hall debut in 2001 won high acclaims. The 20-year-old violinist recently released her "Debut" album with Universal Music.


Organised by the Consulate-General of France in collaboration with Alliance Francaise, Le French May is an annual arts festival which aims to bring the best of French culture to Hong Kong. This year’s festival will be held from 21 April to 31 May. Since its inception in 1993, Le French May has presented more than 200 events of the highest international standard including exhibitions, concerts and performing arts. The Hong Kong Sinfonietta has been the official orchestra and a part of Le French May since 2000.


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Annex- Min Lee