This is the 16th season of the popular recitals at Deerfield Presbyterian Church, which draws an appreciative audience from Salem & Cumberland Counties and beyond.
Thank you to all you came out for the first recital in the new series on October 15th, which featured two brilliant young artists giving their first performance in this area: Haeji Kim, viola, and Sydney Lee, cello, both third year students at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music.
Originally from Flushing, New York, Haeji Kim grew up in Michigan where she has appeared as a soloist with the Dearborn, Marquette, and Rochester Symphony Orchestras, among others. She has participated in the New York String Orchestra Seminar led by Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall – in 2012 as a violinist and in 2014 as principal violist. She has spent some of her summers at the Summit Music Festival, Cambridge International String Academy, Center Stage Strings, and in 2017, at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute. At Curtis Ms. Kim is studying with Roberto Díaz and Hsin-Yun Huang, as a Susan Dewar DeCamp Annual Fellow; and she is currently playing on a 2012 viola model by Joseph Grubaugh & Sigrun Seifert through a very generous scholarship grant from the Virtu Foundation.
Sydney Lee, from Oakland, N.J, studies with Carter Brey, principal cello of the New York Philharmonic, and Peter Wiley, former cellist of the Guarneri Quartet. Ms. Lee is the Emily W. Sunstein Annual Fellow. She has appeared as a soloist with the Duquesne, Juilliard Pre-College, Monmouth, and Pittsburgh symphonies; the New Jersey Philharmonic; and Ensemble 212. In 2015, Ms. Lee was a National YoungArts finalist and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Ms. Lee was also the recipient of a Korean Honors Scholarship in 2015. She has been featured on NPR’s From the Top and Croatian TV Istra. Among her many awards are first prizes in the Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition, Bravura Philharmonic Young Artists Concerto Competition, Duquesne Young Artist National Competition, Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition, and Monmouth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.
Appearing with a guest pianist, the performers will play works by Bach, Brahms, Schumann and other composers.
There is no admission charge; a freewill offering will be received, with all proceeds benefiting the artists. Each recital is followed by a “Meet-the-Artists” reception. For more information or directions, visit www.deerfieldpres.org or call (856) 455 1222.
Sydney Lee (left) and Haeji Kim.