2016-17 Season: Guest Artists
Susanna Phillips, soprano
One of the world's foremost young vocalists, Susanna Phillips this season stars at the Metropolitan Opera as Clémence in the US premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de Loin and as Musetta in La Boheme. In addition to her numerous appearances at the Met and the other leading opera houses of the world, she has also performed in recent seasons with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Camerata Notturna (back in 2012). Ms. Phillips is also the winner of four of the world's leading vocal competitions - Operalia (both First Place and the Audience Prize), the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the MacAllister Awards and the George London Foundation.
John Wilson, piano
JOHN WILSON has performed extensively on the piano, as well as celesta, organ, harpsichord, and synthesizer, in a variety of roles - from concerto soloist to chamber musician to répétiteur. For the 2016-17 Season, Mr. Wilson continues as a second year Piano Fellow with the New World Symphony under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, and serves as Principal Keyboardist of the Reading Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of this season include, Messiaen's Oiseaux exotiques and Bach's Triple Concerto in A minor as a soloist with the New World Symphony.
As a soloist, Mr. Wilson has performed with the New World Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony, and Concert Artists of Baltimore, as well as a recital at Yamaha Artists Services in New York City. As a chamber musician, he has played most recently in recital with Joshua Bell. Mr. Wilson has also performed with Joe Burgstaller, Daniel Hope, and Robert McDuffie.
An active proponent of contemporary music, in the 2015-2016 Season Mr. Wilson premiered composer Timo Andres' quartet piano-percussion work Tides and Currents, and also performed on synthesizer for the premiere of Michael Tilson Thomas' new work, Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind. He has worked with composers John Luther Adams, Charles Wuorinen, and Unsuk Chin. Since 2011, he has been the pianist for the Lunar Ensemble.
Mr. Wilson served as répétiteur for Baltimore Lyric Opera from 2012-2015. As an orchestral pianist, he has worked under conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, Susanna Mälkki, David Robertson, Stéphane Denève, Nicholas McGegan, and many others. Mr. Wilson performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Aspen Philharmonic, and Aspen Chamber Orchestra as a Fellow four summer seasons.
Sean Lee, violin
Violinist Sean Lee has attracted audiences around the world with his lively performances of the classics. A recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Lee enjoys a multi-faceted career as both performer and educator.
Embracing the legacy of his late teacher, Ruggiero Ricci, Lee is one of the few violinists who perform Niccolò Paganin's 24 Caprices in concert, and his YouTube series, Paganini POV, continues to draw attention for his use of the GoPro video camera to share new perspective and insight for aspiring young violinists. As an artist at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Lee continues to perform regularly in New York City at Lincoln Center, as well as on tour in the 2016-17 season across the United States and Asia.
Lee has called New York City home since moving at the age of seventeen to study at the Juilliard School with his longtime mentor, violinist Itzhak Perlman. He currently teaches at the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division, as well as the Perlman Music Program, where he also was a student.
Lee performs on a violin originally made for violinist Ruggiero Ricci in 1999, by David Bague.