Since winning First Prize at the International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition, cellist Trey Lee has been making a sensation across continents. Hailed "a Miracle" by Gramophone and "a Master of subtle transition" by The Strad, Lee enthralls audiences with his virtuoso playing that combines intellectual sophistication with emotional depth and sensitivity. Lee's orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall won him a standing ovation with critic Anthony Tommasini from the New York Times declaring him "the excellent cellist... with enveloping richness and lyrical sensitivity." In his collaboration with the Netherlands Philharmonic at the Royal Concertgebouw Hall, Lee
again received a standing ovation with the critics praising him a "Star Musician."
Most recently, Lee has been invited by United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon to perform as a soloist alongside soprano Sumi Jo in a special concert this November for the UN General Assembly under Maestros Tan Dun and Lu Jia. In May 2010, together with Finland's Avanti! under maestro Dmitri Slobodeniouk, Lee made the world premieres of Kirmo Lintinen's Cello Concerto and Liping Wang/Chaoming Tung's "Dream of the Red Chamber," both commissioned for Lee. Other recent engagements include invitation from Israel Symphony, Philharmonic Orchestra Theater Lubeck, Neubrandenburg Philharmonic, Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, Macao Orchestra, and Kuhmo Festival.
Within the last few years, Lee has worked with esteemed conductors and composers such as Bright Sheng, Osmo Vanska, Jun Markl and Paul Daniel. He has appeared at prestigious venues and with major orchestras including the Philharmonics of China, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Neue Westfalen, Slovenia, the Northern Sinfornia, the Zagreb Soloists, amongst others.
In the area of contemporary music, Finland's largest newspaper, the Helsingin Sanomat, declared that "Trey Lee has great talent for understanding the language of modern music, its gestures and meanings." In 2009, Italy's most influential newspaper, Il Corriere Della Sera, heralded Lee as one of Greater China's four classical music "Golden Boys & Girls" along with pianists Lang Lang, Yundi Li, and Yujia Wang.
Currently based in Berlin, Lee has been featured by major media including the Financial Times and CNN. He was also the focus of the acclaimed documentaries "Outstanding Young Chinese Musicians" by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), and "Music Life" by China's CCTV. Throughout his musical career, Lee has been influenced by cellists Frans Helmerson, Laurence Lesser, Bernard Greenhouse, and Ardyth Alton.
Alexander Liebreich is hailed as one of the most exciting musicians and a pioneer in a new generation of conductors. Having won the Kondraschin Conducting Competition in 1996, he was appointed assistant to Edo de Waart at the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest-Holland. Following this, Alexander Liebreich was invited to appear as guest conductor with many prestigious orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, the Radio Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and the Munich Philharmonic. He has performed with distinguished soloists such as Lisa Batiashvili, Frank
Peter Zimmermann, and Maxim Vengerov. In recent years, he has made his debuts with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Bamberg Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, and Osaka Philharmonic.
Aside from his concerts and opera productions, Alexander Liebreich has established a reputation through his extraordinary initiative in pursuing unusual projects. In 2002 he visited North and South Korea together with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie where they gave the first Korean performances of Bruckner Symphony No. 8. He has since returned to North Korea five times as Guest Professor in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). The unique documentary film "Pyongyang Crescendo," released on DVD in
2005, captures his teaching experiences there.
Continuing along the lines of his core repertoire of large symphonic works, in which he began to specialise during his studies in Munich and Salzburg, further influenced later by his work with Claudio Abbado and Michael Gielen, the 40-year-old conductor from Regensburg will give several debuts in the coming year. These include appearances with the SWR Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radio Philharmonic, and RSO Stuttgart. Also in planning is a Hans Neuenfels production of Schoeck's Penthesilea at the Frankfurt Opera in 2011.
In December 2008, Alexander Liebreich was named member of the General Meeting of the Goethe-Institut, a guiding body of selected figures from the cultural life of Germany advising the institute's Board of Trustees.
From 2011, Liebreich will also take on the role of Artistic Director of the Tongyeong International
Music Festival (TIMF) in South Korea, one of the largest and most prominent festivals in Asia.