Boris Berman & Warren Lee
Sonata for Piano Four Hands in C, K. 521
Sonata for Two Pianos in F Minor, Op. 34B
Préludes, Book II
La terrase des audiences du clair de lune
Eight Memories in Watercolour
Running time of this performance is about 1 hour and 45 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes.
Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break or the interval in the programme.
The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.
The artistry of Boris Berman is well known to the audiences of nearly 50 countries on six continents. His highly acclaimed performances have included appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Philharmonia (London), Israel Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Royal Scottish Orchestra to name a few.
Born in Moscow, Berman studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the distinguished pianist Lev Oborin and graduated with distinction as both pianist and harpsichordist. A dedicated teacher of international stature, Berman has served on the faculties of the world’s finest schools, and is currently the Head of Piano Department at Yale School of Music.
In the field of recordings, Berman was the first pianist ever to record the complete Prokofiev solo piano works, and has many acclaimed releases on various major labels.
In 2000, his first book, Notes from the Pianist's Bench, was published by Yale University Press, and subsequently translated to several languages. In 2008, he authored his second book, Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer’, based on his highly praised recordings of this repertoire. In 2011, The Shanghai Publishing House published a new bilingual edition of the scores of Prokofiev’s piano sonatas, as revised and edited by Berman, which has become the most authoritative edition of this repertoire available.
Since his televised début with the Hong Kong Philharmonic at the age of six, Warren Lee was destined for a lifelong career in music, both on and off the stage.
Graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and Yale School of Music with the highest honours, Lee was the first-prize winner of the 1995 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and the ‘Grand Prix Ivo Pogorelich’. Hailed by The Straits Times as a musician with ‘superb pianism… a wonderful sense of colour and impeccably controlled articulation,’ Lee’s artistry has brought him to four continents, gracing stages of all sizes and forms and in collaboration with major orchestras and artists in the region. In recognition of his achievement in the performing arts, Lee received the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 2012.
As an educator off the stage, Lee is currently the Music Director of St. Paul’s Co-educational College and Primary School; and co-currently a guest professor of the Central Conservatory of Music EOS Orchestra Academy, the Hong Kong Representative of Royal Academy of Music, and a visiting artist in various universities in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and the United Kingdom. His solo album, From Bach To Gershwin, released on Universal Music was hailed as ‘a success that Hong Kong can be proud of’; while his latest album Ebony and Ivory with clarinetist Andrew Simon on Naxos Music, also received critical acclaim worldwide.
A Steinway Artist as well as an MBA graduate, Lee is also an award-winning and internationally published composer.
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