A performer’s musical journey usually includes countless hours in the practice room, time spent poring over scores, and participation in numerous recitals, auditions, and competitions. For musicians like violinist Kristin Lee, that musical journey may also involve a move to another country. Kristin, who was born in South Korea and began studying violin at the age of five, remained in the United States in order to continue her study of the instrument with a teacher who saw her potential. Since then, she’s received a variety of awards, including the 2015 Avery Fisher Career grant, and has served on the faculty of chamber music festivals from Caracas, Venezuela to Seattle, Washington. Kristin is currently a faculty member at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
In this interview that aired Monday, January 15th, SCPR’s Bradley Fuller spoke with Kristin about her musical development, including her special relationship with 20th- and 21st-century American music and the Americana program that she and pianist Julio Elizalde will be sharing at Clemson University on Thursday, January 18th.