May 27, 2009

Violinist Je-Hye Lee '08 M.M. Wins Leopold Mozart International Competition

Student of Miriam Fried Wins Grand Prize, Chamber Music Prize and Audience Prize, 14,750 €, Concert Engagements

Violinist Je-Hye Lee ’08 M.M. has won first prize in the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition in Augsburg, Germany. A student of Miriam Fried, she won out over 51 contestants in four rounds of performances, taking the overall Mozart Prize, the chamber music award, and the audience prize. Her awards include 14,750€ and concert engagements with a variety of German and European orchestras and festivals.

A native of Seoul, Korea, Lee is 23 years old. During the competition, she performed the Mozart Violin Concerto K. 219 as well as a newly commissioned work, Dastan, by the Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh. Lee previously won the 2005 Sarasate violin competition in Spain and third prize in the 2004 Menuhin competition. Last year, she performed the Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2 with the NEC Sinfonietta, and conductor John Page as the result of winning an NEC concerto competition.

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Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 750 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 100-year old, beautifully restored concert hall. These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes. Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of “From the Top,” a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

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Public Relations Manager
New England Conservatory