Vibrant young cellist YuJeong Lee is emerging as a dynamic presence on the international concert stage and is one of the most sought-out Korean cellists of her generation. Ms. Lee’s warm, lush tone, tremendous musical sensitivity and adventurous performances have earned plaudits from audiences, critics, competition juries alike. Having started playing the cello at the age of nine, YuJeong Lee pursued her musical studies internationally at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (entering at the age of 15), Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, and graduated from The Juilliard School by completing her professional studies where she was a recipient of the Genevieve Hustead scholarship.
Rostock, one of the original members of the Hansaetic League, is the largest city in northeast Germany and the cultural and economic center of the region. Its geographical position as one of the largest harbors on the Baltic Sea has made it a crossroads for centuries. Scandinavian, Russian and Baltic cultures have met there and intermingled with the traditions of Continental Europe. Rostock is the home of north Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1418.
Born in 1978 in Vienna, the pianist and conductor Florian Krumpöck is designated General Music Director designate and Principal Conductor of the North German Philharmonic Orchestra and the municipal theatre in Rostock. “Forget Lang Lang and Arcadi Volodos. There are highly virtuosic masters of the keyboard in Austria too.” That was the considered opinion of the daily newspaper “die Presse” on the solo debut of this pianist at the Vienna Konzerthaus venue. The son of a cellist and an art historian was taking piano lessons at an early age with some of the most celebrated pianists of the day, such as Rudolf Buchbinder, Gerhard Oppitz and Elisabeth Leonskaja. The great Daniel Barenboim, after hearing Florian Krumpöck play, declared him simply “a wonderful pianist” and was instrumental in launching his very promising international career.