A native of Seoul, Korea, Kristin emigrated to the U.S. at the age of seven. During her childhood, playing the violin was a refuge from bullying and racism for Kristin — she moved to the U.S. not speaking any English, and feels the violin became her voice. As a foreign-born citizen of America, Kristin was compelled to select this repertoire to express her pride in the country she now calls her own, and offers these works that have a distinct and recognizable sound of American music and its rich history. American Journey encapsulates both Kristin Lee's journey as an American, as well as the journeys of the composers in the United States.
Kristin is joined by acclaimed multi-faceted pianist, Jeremy Jordan. The audience is also invited to participate in engaging conversations with Kristin and Jeremy throughout the performance.
Kristin and Jeremy have recorded a corresponding album featuring several of these works that will be released in 2021-2022.
Jeremy Jordan: Fish Me a Dream
Jonathan Ragonese: Non-Poem 4
Florence Price: Adoration
H.T. Burleigh: Southland Sketches
Ravel: Violin Sonata No. 2
Thelonious Monk: Monk's Mood
Patrick Castillo: Cirque for solo violin
Molly Joyce: Lean Back and Release for violin and electronics
George Gershwin: But Not For Me (arr. by Jeremy Jordan)
JJ Johnson: Lament (arr. by Jeremy Jordan)
Scott Joplin: The Entertainer (arr. by Jeremy Jordan)
Kevin Puts: Air for violin and piano
John Novacek: Four Rags
“She delivered a powerfully constructed and played programme, one of the most satisfying recitals that I’ve heard in years.”
– The Strad
“Lee brought a perfect balance of finesse and vigor to the piece, giving a driven, commanding performance that demanded and got rapt attention from the audience.”
– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Violinist Kristin Lee was simply spectacular . . . This is a violinist who has everything: superlative technique to burn, interpretative mastery and incredible sensitivity to the various styles of music she performed.”
– The Advocate