• July 1, 2024

Bryan Lee

Bryan Lee

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We’re looking forward to our summer festival! Over the next few weeks, we’ll introduce each artist performing in our 36th season. Violinist Bryan Lee will play on August 2nd and 4th.

Lee is one of the founding members of the twice Grammy-nominated Dover Quartet (since 2008). His performances in Kingston this year highlight the singular programming style that has become beloved to KCMF fans: getting to hear musicians play as part of their established ensembles–in this case, second violinist of one of the greatest string quartets of the last 100 years according to BBC Music Magazine–but also as soloists in collaboration with others they don’t regularly play with. 

Among other highlights, on Sunday, August 4th, Lee will perform Mozart’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K.493 with Artistic Director Natalie Zhu and Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, D.956 alongside cellist Clancy Newman and others. The latter was the composer’s final chamber work. It was completed just two months before his death in 1828; Schubert likely never heard it but in his mind. This is his only full-fledged string quartet, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest pieces of chamber music ever written.

Q. What do you always bring with you when you travel?
A. Good noise-canceling headphones, an eye-mask, and earplugs! Also my Nintendo Switch 🙂

What would you do if you weren’t a musician?
If I weren’t in music I would probably be doing something in tech or making instruments! 

Tell us about your instruments.
I am currently playing on a violin by Sam Zygmuntowicz, made for me in Brooklyn in 2020. I also have a great violin by Riccardo Antoniazzi made in Milan in 1904.

What’s in your instrument case?
Extra strings, rosin, cleaning materials, a practice mute. Mostly the basics!

What’s your favorite restaurant in Kingston?
Not technically a restaurant but Brickley’s Ice Cream is pretty amazing.

When was the first time you heard about the Kingston Chamber Music Festival?
I can’t remember exactly when I heard about the festival but I grew up in Philadelphia so I heard so much about it as a kid from my teachers. It was always a dream of mine to one day play at Kingston!

What piece of music never fails to move you?

Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B-flat major, D 960. I discovered this piece a few years ago and have been obsessed ever since!

Personal life motto:
Be kind!