Sean Lee & Karen Joy Davis
March 16, 2014




Sean Lee

With performances described by The New York Times as “breathtakingly beautiful”, violinst Sean Lee is quickly gaining recognition as one of today’s most talented rising artists, one of three artists chosen to launch the Digital Debut series by EMI Classics. Lee’s debut album, “The Julliard Sessions: Sean Lee”, was released by EMI Classics in February 2012 and reached the iTunes top 20 classical bestsellers list.

Lee was selected as the winner of the 2012 Sanders/Julliard/Tel Aviv Museum Prize, which took him to Israel for performances of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv with Frederic Chaslin and the Jerusalem Symphony. Other awards include prizes at the “Premio Paganini” International Violin Competition and the Young Concert Artists, Inc. International Auditions. Lee has also appeared as a soloist in recent years with the Utah Symphony, Orchestra Del Teatro Carlo Felice, Westchester Symphony, Bedford Chamber Players, Peninsula Symphony, Torrance Symphony, and Redlands Symphony. AS a recitalist, Lee has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in New York City, South Orange Performing Arts Center in New Jersey, Sundays Live series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Festival di Carro Paganiniano of Italy, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium. Lee has also performed live radio broadcasts for KCSN (Los Angeles), WGBH (Boston), and WQXR (New York).

Karen Joy Davis

Karen Joy Davis comes from a musical family and began playing the piano at the age of three. She made her debut with the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. playing Mozart Concerto in d minor when she was twelve and later went on to attend the Juilliard School after winning the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition. Other first prizes include the Bartok Competition, the Baldwin Competition and the Inter-American Festival Competition. Her teachers were Ylda Novik, Leon Fleisher, Irwn Freundlich and Maria Curcio.

Ms. Davis has performed in recital and with orchestra throughout the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Heinz Hall, the Strathmore Center and the Kravis Center. She has appeared as a soloist with the RAI Orchestra, Sao Paulo Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, Orquestra de Camara Fortaleza, McLean Symphony and the Redlands Symphony as well as participating in numerous festivals such as Accademia Chigiana in Siena, the Aspen Festival, Friends of the Arts Beethoven Festival and the Spoleto Festival. From 2003-2005 Ms. Davis played with the prominent Tango group, Quintango, and in both 2011 and 2012 she was featured on the well received programs about Chopin and Schumann on WFMT Chicago which were produced by Jon Tolansky.

Ms. Davis is a member of the Juilliard National Council and is the Executive Producer of the Salk Science and Music Series. She resides in San Diego.


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Sonata No. 9 for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op. 47 “Kreutzer” (1803)

I. Adagio sostenuto – Presto
II. Andante con variazioni
III. Finale: Presto


Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

Selections from 4 Romantic Pieces, Op. 75 (1887)

I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegro maestoso


Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

Suite Populaire Espagnole (1914)

I. El pano moruno
II. Nana
III. Cancion
IV. Polo
V. Asturiana
VI. Jota


Henri Wieniawski (1835-1880)

Scherzo Tarantella Op. 16 (1855)


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