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Oct. 16: Internationally known cellist and pianist to perform

FREDERICK, Md.—An internationally known cellist will perform with piano accompaniment in the annual endowed Randall Family Chamber Music Concert at Hood College Oct. 16.

Korean cellist Christine J. Lee will be accompanied by Chinese pianist Tong Tong, and they will play Stravinsky Suite Italienne, Debussy Cello Sonata, Liszt Elegy No. 1 and Poulenc Sonatais. The concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Brodbeck Music Hall.

Lee, a recent Master of Music graduate of the Juilliard School, is an artist-in-residence at Queen Elisabeth Chapelle Musicale for the 2016-17 season. In this season, she will make solo appearances with the Monterey Symphony and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Symphony, as well as Young Belgian Strings and Orchestra of Mons. She was most recently awarded second prize at the Ima Hogg competition, a multi-instrumental competition in which 10 emerging, young artists from across the globe compete for an opportunity to perform with the Houston Symphony. In 2015, Lee made her European recital debut at Musée du Louvre auditorium and won first prize in the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition and the Plovdiv Chamber Music Competition.

She also won the Liszt-Garrison International Competition Collaborative Artist Award as a duo with Tong. At that competition, the duo also received recognition for the best interpretation of an American composition and the Liszt Award.

Tong also won the 2016 VIVO International Music Competition, the 2014-15 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and the 2015 Plovdiv International Chamber Music Competition. Her career has taken her to major cities across Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain and the U.S. As a collaborative pianist, she has been working in many distinguished musicians’ studios including violinist Pinchas Zurkerman, Sylvia Rosenberg, violist Samuel Rhodes, cellist Philippe Muller, clarinetist Mark Nuccio, and conductor Jeffery Milarsky.

Tong holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wayne Wold at woldw@hood.edu or 301-696-3782.