Concert violinist Moonkyung Lee performs extensively in Europe, the United States, and Korea. She has collaborated with many eminent ensembles, conductors, and performers. Some highlights include: the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Maxim Shostakovich; the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Mischa Maisky, cello, with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra; and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of the Austrian composer Ignaz Pleyel. The venues in which Ms. Lee has performed include: the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Großer Musikvereinssaal in Vienna, Dvorak and Smetana Halls in Prague, and the Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall.
Ms. Lee is the recipient of many awards and scholarships including the Luigi Zanuccoli International Competition, the Padova International Competition, the New York University Concerto Competition, the Yale Chamber Music Celebration, and an NYU/Steinhardt Doctoral Fellowship for Ph.D. Studies (of which, she was the first ever classical string performer recipient). Ms. Lee frequently gives recitals in New York, Boston, and Seoul, making her New York debut at the Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center. Her two recent recitals in Seoul in 2015 were sponsored by the Arts Council Korea. She has been often featured as a solo performer on Korea's national television, KBS in its Classic Odyssey solely devoted to classical music. She has also participated in many music festivals such as the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and the Banff Center for the Arts in Banff, Canada.
Ms. Lee received her Bachelor’s of Music degree from Boston’s New England Conservatory, where she graduated on
scholarship with honors, and her Master’s of Music degree from Yale University, also on scholarship, she earned her Ph.D. from New York University, where she was a full scholarship student and a member of the violin faculty. She plays an 1845 Vuillaume violin previously owned by Jack Benny.
Acclaimed as “dynamic and knowledgeable” by the Buenos Aires Herald, Croatian conductor Miran Vaupotić performed extensively in Europe, the Middle East, the United States, Latin America, and Asia. He has conducted many symphony orchestras and ensembles, including St. Petersburg State Symphony, State Hermitage, Schloss Schönbrunn, Slovak Radio Symphony, North Czech Philharmonic, Budapest Symphony MÁV, Cairo Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Argentina, Malta Philharmonic, and Zagreb Philharmonic.
He has performed at numerous major halls including the famous Musikverein in Vienna, Smetana Hall and Rudolfinum in Prague, Cairo Opera House in Cairo, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Oriental Art Center in Shanghai, Tchaikovsky Hall, and International House of Music in Moscow.
In the summer of 2011, Miran Vaupotić made his opera debut in the United States conducting Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival in Philadelphia. In the same year, he conducted Astor Piazzolla’s rarely performed tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires in a new fully staged production by Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2012, he conducted the Empire Opera premier productions of Waundel Saavedra’s Sweet Dreams
and John Alan Rose’s Rumpelstiltskin directed by Tyler Bunch (The Muppets) in New York City at the National Opera America Center, while in 2013 he debuted at the Croatian National Opera in Zagreb with Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
A strong advocate of new music, he premiered works by Carlos Franzett, Peter Machajdík, Youngkwang Yang, Primous Fountain, Roberto Di Marino, John Alan Rose, and many others.
Miran Vaupotić is one of the international ambassadors for the EMMA for Peace (Euro Mediterranean Music Academy) under the patronage of UNESCO and honorary presidency of Riccardo Muti. In 2015, he has been listed in the Hübners Who is Who, a known reference publication of notable people.
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