Wayne Lee, Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, and Amy Yang

Friday, January 10, 2025, 7:30 pm
Wayne Lee, Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, and Amy Yang; The Seattle Series
Wayne Lee, violin
Seattle-based member of the Formosa Quartet

American violinist Wayne Lee has enjoyed a prolific career worldwide as a member of two internationally acclaimed chamber ensembles. He is a member of the Formosa Quartet, which performs extensively in North America, Europe, and Asia, with recent engagements at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, Taipei’s National Concert Hall, and Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver. Formosa serves as quartet-in-residence for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the founder and faculty of the annual Formosa Chamber Music Festival in Taiwan.

For over a decade, Mr. Lee was a member of the Manhattan Piano Trio, an ensemble acclaimed as “outstanding” by the Washington Post. Mr. Lee has given master classes throughout the United States and Asia and previously served as teaching assistant at the Juilliard School, from which he holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He plays on a 2023 Joseph Curtin violin.

Wayne Lee, Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, and Amy Yang; The Seattle Series
Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, Associate Principal Cello
Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Multi-award-winning cellist Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, who thrills audiences with playing described as “incredibly nuanced” and “exquisitely beautiful,” began her professional career as first-prize winner of the Khuner Concerto Competition at age 15 and debuted soon after, performing the Antonín Dvořák Cello Concerto with the Pacific Symphony under the direction of Carl St. Clair. A graduate of the Young Artist Program of the Cleveland Institute of Music and subsequent recipient of the Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance, Ms. Quan DiLorenzo was awarded the highly competitive position of Associate Principal of the Utah Symphony in her inaugural professional audition and remained with that ensemble for five years before joining the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, where she is the current Associate Principal Cello.

In addition to principal cello performances for the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera, recent solo works include the Crouching Tiger concerto and the dramatic Bach Cello Solo No. 2, b minor, Prelude—the latter as featured performer of “A Child’s Dream;” a benefit concert on behalf of Ukraine’s wounded and traumatized youth.

Meeka resides with her husband, composer and trumpeter Tony DiLorenzo, their son Luca, and their two canine companions in Seattle’s Broadview neighborhood.

Ms. Quan DiLorenzo and Mr. Lee‘s guest for the evening is Curtis Institute of Music Associate Dean of Piano Studies, Amy Yang.

Wayne Lee, Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, and Amy Yang; The Seattle Series
Amy Yang, piano
Curtis Institute of Music

Amy Yang, winner of the 2018 Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia prize and the Kosciuszko National Chopin Piano Competition, is an alumna of the Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard School, and Yale School of Music, where she received the Parisot Award for Outstanding Pianist and the Alumni Association Prize.

Collaborating with leading musicians, Ms. Yang has toured with Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Tito Muñoz, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and premiered large-scale chamber works by Michael Hersch at Cal Performances, Ojai Music Festival, and Aldeburgh Festival. Additional collaborations include performances with Richard Goode, Anne-Marie McDermott, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Miriam Fried, Bomsori Kim, Roberto Díaz, Kim Kashkashian, Tessa Lark, Paul Neubauer, Tara Helen O’Connor, Joseph Silverstein, members of Guarneri String Quartet, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dover Quartet, Aizuri String Quartet, Jasper String Quartet, and A Far Cry.

At the height of the pandemic in 2020, Ms. Yang was invited by Anne-Marie McDermott to share a unique summer of 41 concerts with Yefim Bronfman, Paul Neubauer, and the Dover Quartet in a myriad of performances at Bravo! Vail. Additionally, she gave her debut solo recital and joined forces with the Jasper String Quartet in piano quintets by Tania Léon and Joan Tower for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s 35th season and was also featured in a full episode with Emmy® Award-winning producer Jim Cotter of Articulate, aired on PBS in 2021

As if that were not enough, Ms. Yang’s energetic exploration of contemporary voices has led to world-premiere performances of works by today’s leading composers, including Caroline Shaw, Richard Danielpour, Avner Dorman, Michael Hersch, Ezra Laderman, Paul Wianko, and commissioned works from Edward Babcock, Alistair Coleman, and Hua Yang.

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