Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

HE'S 'A GREAT VIOLINIST'; Sean Lee, a Protege of Itzhak Perlman, Joins Pianist Peter Dugan for Friday Musicale Event

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

HE'S 'A GREAT VIOLINIST'; Sean Lee, a Protege of Itzhak Perlman, Joins Pianist Peter Dugan for Friday Musicale Event

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Byline: Charlie Patton

Violinist Sean Lee, 25, one of the rising young stars in classical music, and his friend, pianist Peter Dugan, will be in Jacksonville Friday for a workshop and a fundraising concert at Friday Musicale.

Lee, a protege of Itzhak Perlman, one of the preeminent living violinists, currently serves as Perlman's teaching assistant at the Juilliard School, from which Lee earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree in music.

Lee's debut album, "The Juilliard Sessions: Sean Lee," released last year, reached the iTunes top 20 classical best-seller list. He'll perform as a soloist this season with the Jerusalem Symphony and the Utah Symphony. He is a Chamber Music Society Two Artist, and will perform with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 2012-2015.

"It's a chance for people in Jacksonville to hear a great violinist," said Friday Musicale president Pam Franklin. "He's very busy and I doubt if we'll be able to get him in a few years."

Lee performed at Friday Musicale last year accompanied by pianist Rohan De Silva, who has played with many violin virtuosos including Perlman and Joshua Bell.

"It was unbelievably well received," Franklin said.

Lee offered to come back again.

"Musicians really like playing at Friday Musicale," Franklin said. "Our hall is just perfect for chamber music."

This time he's bringing Dugan, whom he's known since they were teenagers attending the Perlman Summer Music Program.

"When we started together we would play jazz," Lee said.

But last year they began performing chamber music together.

When Lee learned his appearance would be part of a fund-raiser, "He very generously offered to come free," Franklin said. "Perlman has the reputation of being the kindest, nicest person. Sean is the same way."

Although he no longer studies under Perlman, as he did as a Juilliard student, "I will always be his student," Lee said. …

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