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TimeOut New York, June 20-27, 2002

"Efforts to strip classical music of its stuffy reputation and lure younger audiences have inspired a variety of marketing strategies by New York's orchestras and concert presenters, from "rush hour" performances for the after-work crowd to subscriber clubs that offer postconcert drinks and hors d'oeuvres. For Ronen Segev, a 22-year-old pianist and Juilliard student, none of those efforts hit the mark. So two years ago, the puckish would-be entrepreneur founded the chamber-music organization Ten O' Clock Classics (named for the highly unclassical 10pm starting time of its initial performances) to tackle the issue himself.

Hardly your typical insulated prodigy-turned-conservatory musician, Segev has demonstrated an uncanny knack for forging unlikely partnerships to advance his goal of bringing classical music performances to the under-40 crowd in settings they already frequent. With missionary zeal, Segev enlisted fellow students YuJeong Lee, Michelle Satris, Lore Madsen and others to join him for performances in apartment buildings, health clubs, even Studio 54."

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Young, vibrant cellist YuJeong Lee is emerging as a dynamic presence on the international concert stage. Ms. Lee's warm, lush tone, tremendous musical sensitivity and adventurous performances have earned plaudits from audiences, critics, competition juries alike.

Having started playing the cello at the age of nine, YuJeong Lee has pursued her musical studies internationally at Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris and Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles and recently has graduated from Juilliard School by completing Professional Studies.

Ms. Lee gave her debut recital at the age of 13 in Sejong Hall in Seoul, Korea and has been performing extensively in Korea, Europe and the U.S. performing recitals in Belgium, Holland, Italy, France, and in New York. She is also an active chamber musician collaborating with groups such as the Omega Ensemble, Ten O'Clock Classics, Elektra and her performances have been heard on TBS, KBS FM and WQXR.

Ms. Lee's engagements of recent seasons have included solo appearances with the Wartburg Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra with conductor Robert Vodnoy and the Opening Gala with Daegu Symphony Orchestra with Vakhtang Jordania, conductor.

Her numerous competition awards include Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians in 1995 (finalist, special prize winner),Ewha, Chosun, Dong-A, Korea Music Competitions, the Holland-America Music Society Competition and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Competition.

Ms. Lee has studied with cellists Philippe Muller, Joel Krosnick and has taken masterclasses with Mischa Maisky, Boris Pergamenschikow and Ralph Kirschbaum. Apart from her passion in music, her other interests are design and languages. YuJeong Lee is a native of Korea and currently resides in New York.

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Concerto Repertoire

Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto for Violin, cello and piano in C major, op.56
Ernest Bloch Schelomo
Luigi Boccherini Concerto No. 9 in B flat major
Johannes Brahms Concerto for violin and cello in a minor op. 102
Max Bruch Kol Nidrei op. 47
Henri Dutilleux Concerto "..Tout un monde lointain..."
Antonin Dvorak Concerto in b minor op. 104
Edward Elgar Concerto in e minor op. 85
Gabriel Faure Elegy
Joseph Haydn Concerto in C major Hob. VIIb:1
Concerto in D major Hob. VIIb:2
Edouard Lalo Concerto in d minor
Sergei Prokofiew Symphony Concertante op.125
Camille Saint-Saens Concerto No.1 in a minor op. 33
Dmitri Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 in E flat major op. 107
Concerto No. 2 op. 126
Robert Schumann Concerto in a minor op. 129
Richard Strauss "Don Quixotte" op. 35
Peter I. Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo theme op. 33
William Walton Concerto

Sonata Repertoire

J.S. Bach Sonata in G
Sonata in D
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata op. , no. 1 in F major
Sonata op. , no. 2 in g minor
Sonata op. 69, in A major
Sonata op. 102, no. 1 in C major
Sonata op. 102, no. 2 in D major
Luigi Boccherini Sonata No. 6 in A
Sonata "l'Imperatrice"
Johannes Brahms Sonata no. 1 in e
Sonata no. 2 in F
Elliot Carter Sonata (1948)
Benjamin Britten Sonata in C op. 65
Frederic Chopin Sonata in g op. 65
Claude Debussy Sonata in d minor (1915)
Gabriel Faure Sonata no. 1 in d minor op. 109
Sonata no. 2 in g minor op. 117
Cesar Franck Sonata in A major
Bohuslav Martinu Sonata no. 1 (1939)
Sonata no. 2 (1941)
Felix Mendelssohn Sonata in D major op. 58
Sonata in B major
Francis Poulenc Sonata (1948)
Sergei Prokofiew Sonata in C major op. 119
Sergei Rachmaninov Sonata op. 19
Richard Strauss Sonata in F major op. 6


Leonard Bernstein Three Meditations from Mass
Ernest Bloch Prayer "From Jewish Life", no. 1
Frederic Chopin Polonaise Brillante op. 3
Claude Debussy Beau soir
Antonin Dvorak Rondo op. 94
Silent Woods op. 68
Edward Elgar Salut d'amour
Manuel de Falla Suite Popular Espanola
Lukas Foss Capriccio (1946)
Fritz Kreisler Liebeslied, Liebesfreud, Schön Rosmarin
Franz Liszt Liebestraum
Bohuslav Martinu
Nicolo Paganini Variations on a theme by Moses
David Popper Elfentanz
Piazzolla Le Grand Tango
Sergei Rachmaninov Vocalise
Robert Schumann Adagio and Allegro op. 70
Fantasiestücke op. 73
Stücke im Volkston op. 102
Igor Stravinsky Suite Italienne
Peter Tchaikovsky Nocturne
Valse sentimentale

Unaccompanied Solo

Gilbert Amy Quasi Scherzando
J.S. Bach Suite No. 1 - 6
Benjamin Britten Suite No. 3 op. 87
Gaspar Cassado Suite
George Crumb Solo sonata
Henri Dutilleux Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher
Paul Hindemith Solo sonata op. 25, no. 3
Andre Jolivet Suite en Concert (1965)
Zoltan Kodaly Capriccio
Solosonata op. 8
Witold Lutoslawski Grave
Sacher Variations (1975)
Max Reger Suite no. 3 in D minor

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Robert Schumann Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102 - Mit Humor (excerpt)

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Paris & New York

I must admit I've had the luxury of living in the best parts of the two most desirable cities, Paris and New York. At the time when I was finishing Professional Studies at Juilliard, I was living on Central Park South (probably one of the most posh, upmarket areas) and which meant simply a walk through the park to get to school.

Though after almost straight through being in New York, I had desired some time off on literally 'charging my batteries' as they say. So I decided to head back to Paris which is where I used to live while I was doing my previous studies at the Paris Conservatoire. It was all a pleasant transition getting a studio in Ile-St-Louis (which is known to be the most treasured island in Paris). It really was a remarkable feeling, to be back in Paris, and that in peace! I still recall on morning jogs in & out from Ile-St-Louis as quite refreshing and sensational.

My schedule was pretty simple: for some days, I'd literally lock myself in to getting myself to practice 8 hours a day (honestly!!), apart from stopping by in boulangeries around the neighborhood. I was pretty much in the middle of enjoying being isolated from all other matters since the end of August, until when my dad calls me on the day of 9/11 and says "turn on the TV, watch what's happening!". I was in shock. Consequently, I had postponed my visit to New York, but made it for some of my concerts later on.

It's hard to define where I grew up given that I'd lived in several different places (Seoul, Korea, of course, Belgium, Paris and New York so far) but if I were to name one place, it'd certainly be Paris, for what I've learned being surrounded by beautiful culture & atmostphere, and since there're so many resources of inspiration.

Ultimately I had left Paris to return to New York earlier than I had thought, to get myself back to work, back on the track so to speak, but true enough, I could never forget my favorite hobbies in Paris - walks in Ile-St-Louis, shopping at St-Germain-des-Pres, cafes by Place de la Concorde, summer night-outs at the marais... something to look forward to in the future as well...!

YuJeong Lee

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