“Extraordinary Imaginations” Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Presented By The Friends Of Chamber Music Kansas City
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The nation’s premier chamber music organization — the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center — is known the world over for bringing the exhilarating experience of great chamber music to more people than any other organization of its kind. The artists of the Society will share with Kansas City an engaging and bold program exploring the transformational time of the early 20th century, an era of tireless innovation and limitless imagination.
Gloria Chien Piano
Pianist Gloria Chien has been picked by the Boston Globe as one of the Superior Pianists of the year, “… who appears to excel in everything.” Richard Dyer praises her for “a wondrously rich palette of colors, which she mixes with dashing bravado and with an uncanny precision of calibration…Chien’s performance had it all, and it was fabulous.”
Kristin Lee, Violin
A recipient of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a top prizewinner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition and the Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions, Kristin Lee is a violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique who enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. “Her technique is flawless, and she has a sense of melodic shaping that reflects an artistic maturity,” writes the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and The Strad reports, “She seems entirely comfortable with stylistic diversity, which is one criterion that separates the run-of-the-mill instrumentalists from true artists.”
James Thompson, Violin
Violinist James Thompson enjoys a multifaceted career as a chamber musician, soloist, educator, and lecturer. He is currently on faculty at Music@Menlo and has been a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program since 2021.
Yura Lee, Viola
Violinist and violist Yura Lee is an associate professor of practice and the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Endowed Chair in String Instruction at the USC Thornton School of Music. One of the most versatile artists in the world, she is one of the few musicians who has mastery of both violin and viola and actively performs both instruments equally. In her over two-decade-long career that has taken her all over the world, she has – both as a soloist and as a chamber musician – captivated audiences with music from baroque to modern.
Dmitri Atapine, Cello
Described as “splendid, elegant cellist, with a gorgeous sound” (MundoClasico), DMITRI ATAPINE has been hailed as a performer with “brilliant technical chops” (Gramophone), whose playing is “highly impressive throughout” (The Strad). As an avid soloist and recitalist, he has appeared on some of the world’s foremost stages, including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Zankel and Weill halls at Carnegie Hall, the National Auditorium of Spain, to cite but a few. His performances have been broadcast on radio and TV in the USA, Spain, Mexico, and South Korea.