Benjamin Lees' Violin Sonata No. 1 To Be Performed in Los Angeles -
West Coast Premiere on April 2 by Violinist Yvonne Lam
New York NY - Benjamin Lees' Violin Sonata #1 will be given its West
Coast Premiere performance by violinist Yvonne Lam and pianist Natalie
Zhu on Saturday, April 2 - 7 PM in the Zipper Auditorium of the Colburn
School of Performing Arts, 200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California.
Ms. Lam had previously presented the Sonata on her January 17 recital
at the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia. This 17-minute work was
premiered in February 1953 at the Brooklyn Museum by violinist Abraham
Shevelov and pianist Ruth Bromberg and has been recorded by Ellen Orner
for Albany Records.
Suggested donation for this concert is $20. For more information, contact
the Colburn School at 213-621-2200 or visit them online at
A native of Los Angeles, Yvonne Lam began her piano and violin lessons
at the Colburn School of Performing Arts at age 6. Two years later, she
won her first piano competition and performed solo with the Southwestern
Youth Music Festival Orchestra. Since then, she has performed with the
Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific
Symphony, the American Youth Symphony, the Marina del Rey/Westchester
Symphony, the Pacific Palisades Symphony, the Brentwood/Westwood Orchestra,
the Glendale Orchestra, the Colburn Chamber Orchestra, and the Peninsula
Symphony. She has been a member of the American Youth Symphony, the
Crossroads Chamber Orchestra, the Philiban Trio, and the Beverly Hills
High School Madrigal Singers. Visit her website at http://www.yvonnelam.com/.
Benjamin Lees' Symphony No. 5, "Kalmar Nyckel" was nominated for a 2003
Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition by the National Academy
of Recording Arts and Sciences. He was the first recipient of a Fromm
Foundation award for his String Quartet No. 1 and Sonata for Two Pianos.
His works have been commissioned, performed and recorded by, among others,
the Tokyo Quartet, Aurora Quartet, Sea Cliff Chamber Players, New York
Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony,
NBC Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra,
Houston Symphony, National Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Francisco
Ballet, American Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony,
Louisville Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and Portland
(OR) Symphony. He is published by Boosey & Hawkes. You can find much
more information about Benjamin Lees at his website -
For more information about the music of Benjamin Lees, please contact
Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-797-9166 - tel and fax.
Jeffrey James Arts Consulting