Steans Music Institute alumnus at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park
NEWS-SUN STAFF REPORT October 10, 2012 5:32PM
Sebastain Bäverstam, cello, and Pei-Shan Lee, piano, will perform Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.
Updated: November 12, 2012 6:12AM
HIGHLAND PARK — Cellist Sebastian Bäverstam, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute recent alumnus, along with piano accompanist Pei-Shan Lee, will perform Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. at Ravinia Festival’s Gordon Hall, Lake-Cook and Green Bay roads. Tickets are $10.
Bäverstam continues studies at the New England Conservatory with Paul Katz, who notes that “Bäverstam is a natural who thrives on stage. Every note is sincere.” At age 12, Bäverstam made his first appearance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and was named Musical America’s “New Artist of the Month” in June 2011.
He has been a featured artist of the Williamstown Chamber Concerts and the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, as well as both the NPR and PBS syndications of “From the Top” and a PBS documentary filmed at Carnegie Hall, and was recently featured at the Théatre des Champs Elysées in Paris and in a nationally televised commercial for Bose speakers.
Pianist Lee’s active concert career has taken her all over the world. Her recent recording of the Strauss and Szymanowski “Sonatas for Violin and Piano” with violinist Grzegorz Kotow will soon be released on the ArchiMusic label.
Since coming to the United States from Taiwan, Lee has collaborated with some of America’s most important musicians. Her chamber music partners have included the Jupiter and Harlem String Quartets, members of the Bavarian Radio, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit and San Diego symphony orchestras and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
In her hometown of Boston, she works with BSO’s guest conductors and soloists, and was the Boston pianist seen in rehearsal with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in her documentary “The Portrait.” Her live performances can also be heard on WQXR, WGBH and WRCJ.
Lee came to the U.S. for piano study after winning the Youth Division of Taiwan’s National Piano Competition. The Cleveland Institute awarded her the Rosa Lobe Memorial Award in recognition of the highest level of artistic achievement in collaborative piano. Frequently invited to China and Taiwan for master classes and residencies, her doctoral dissertation “The Collaborative Pianist: Balancing Roles in Partnership,” is currently in the process of being translated into Chinese.
For more information, (847) 266-5100 or visit www.ravinia.org.