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.
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