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Conductor and piano prodigy make their Walt Disney Concert Hall debut

Hollywood Chamber Orchestra presents Grammy-award winning conductor Lucas Richman and 13-year-old piano prodigy Yuze Lee who will both make their Walt Disney Concert Hall debut on Saturday, July 6, 2024 at 8:00pm.

Purchase tickets here.

The evening will feature the award-winning Orchestra and Lee’s rendition of Rossini’s Overture to the Barber of Seville, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1.

Drawing inspiration from legendary composers such as Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, and Chopin, Lee’s performance promises to take audiences on a captivating journey through the romantic era of classical music.

Pianist Yuze Lee performs Ravel and Tchaikovsky with conductor Lucas Richman and the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Saturday, July 6, 2024 at 8:00pm.

111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90012.

Tickets cost $79.50-$139.50 (+ booking fee) each and are available for purchase at the Music Center website: https://www.musiccenter.org/tickets-free-events/lease-events/pianist-yuze-lee

For more information, please visit yuzelee.com or hollywoodchamberorchestra.com   

Conductor and composer Lucas Richman. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Lucas Richman

Conductor/composer Lucas Richman has served as Music Director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and held the position as Music Director for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2015. Over the course of nearly four decades on the podium, he has garnered an international reputation for his graceful musical leadership in the diverse world of music and media. In concert halls, orchestral pits, and recording studios around the world, Richman earns rave reviews for his artful collaborations with artists in both the classical and commercial music arenas.

He has appeared as guest conductor with numerous orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, the SWR Radio Orchestra of Kaiserslautern, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Naciona, and the Zagreb Philharmonic. Recent guest conducting highlights include programs with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Orlando Philharmonic, and the Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem.

In recent years, Richman has led performances with notable soloists in both the classical and pop worlds ranging from Mstislav Rostropovich, Garrick Ohlsson, Lang Lang, Midori, Gil Shaham, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, and Frederica von Stade, to James Taylor, Michael Jackson, Pat Boone, Michael Feinstein, Gloria Estefan, Matthew Morrison, Martin Short, Tony Randall, Victor Borge, and Brian Wilson.

As conductor, he has collaborated with various film composers on the recording of the scores for such films as the Academy Award-nominated The Village (with violinist Hilary Hahn), As Good As It GetsFace/OffSe7enBreakdownThe Manchurian Candidate (2004), White NoiseFlatliners, and the recent Marvel Universe release, Madame Web. In 2010, John Williams invited him to lead the three-month national summer tour of Star Wars in Concert. Richman received a Grammy Award (2011) in the category of Best Classical Crossover Album for his conducting of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Christopher Tin’s classical/world fusion album, Calling All Dawns.

Also an accomplished composer, Lucas Richman has had his music performed by over two hundred orchestras and ensembles across the United States. He has fulfilled commissions for numerous organizations including the Pittsburgh Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Bangor Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, the Debussy Trio, and the Seattle Chamber Music Society. Richman’s recent CD release of solo piano works, Lucas Richman: Variations, is available through all music streaming services and www.ledorgroup.com, while his work in advocacy for the unsheltered is manifested through the Paths to Dignity Project (www.pathstodignity.com).

13-year-old piano prodigy Yuze Lee. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Yuze Lee

Born with a prodigious talent, Yuze Lee began his musical journey at an exceptionally young age. His innate mastery of the piano revealed itself when he began to replicate the melodies of his brother’s drumming. From that moment, a profound love for music was born, and Lee’s dedication to the piano has only deepened with time.

A virtuosic performer, Lee is a true devotee of the classical romantic era. Drawing inspiration from legendary pianists and composers such as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and Frederic Chopin, Lee’s musical artistry is a reflection of the profound depth and raw emotion of this iconic epoch.

 Lee has studied with the renowned concert pianist Susan Starr, and with the 2nd prize winner of the 1962 Tchaikovsky Competition, Dr. Jenny Chen, herself a talented prodigy who was accepted at Curtis Institute of Music at the age of ten. With the help of Dr. Mingyi Gao of Steinway Hall of Fame and nonprofit M Music Group, Lee’s musical expertise has led to appearances on some of the most prestigious stages around the globe from Singapore, to Italy, and the U.S., mesmerizing audiences with his superlative piano skill and technical mastery.

“Yuze Lee is a remarkably talented young pianist whose playing is a vibrant tapestry of colors. His fingers effortlessly combine technical prowess with a rich expression of musicality and dynamic range, making him a shining star in the world of piano music,” said Jerome Lowenthal, award-winning classical pianist who has served as chair of the piano department at the Juilliard School in New York and is a distinguished faculty emeritus at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.

Hollywood Chamber Orchestra. 

Hollywood Chamber Orchestra

Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, now in its 8th season, was founded by co-music directors Noah Gladstone and Mark Robertson. 2024 performances have included Seth Rogen’s sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl conducted by Rob Schaer; Andrew Prahlow’s Los Angeles premiere of Outer Wilds: Live, conducted by Robertson, and the Star Wars: Outlaws livestream premiere, conducted by Anthony Parnther. They have also performed several films live-to-picture, including the Orange County premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone conducted by Justin Freer, and the world premiere of the Oscar-winning film Parasite conducted by pianist/composer Jung Jae-il. Past performances have included many world premieres by such composers as Michael Barry, Chad Cannon, Tori Letzler, Pinar Toprak, and Genevieve Vincent.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.

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