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Release: Nov. 21, 2001

Cellist Kangho Lee and pianist Vera Parkin will present UI guest recital Dec. 7

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Cellist Kangho Lee, who teaches cello and music theory at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, will be joined by pianist Vera Parkin, a member of the St. Louis Symphony, for a University of Iowa guest recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. Their performance will be free and open to the public.

Lee and Parkin will play three major sonatas from the 19th and 20th century cello repertoire: the Sonata in D major for piano and cello, op. 102 no. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven; the Sonata No. 1 for cello and piano by Alfred Schnittke; and the Sonata in E Minor, op. 38, by Johannes Brahms. They will close the program with "Pampeana" No. 2 by Alberto Ginastera.

Since his orchestral debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at the age of 12, Lee has been an active performer as a soloist and a chamber musician. He has performed with leading orchestras in Korea, the United States and Europe. His performances with the Korean Broadcast Service Symphony and Suwon Philharmonic were broadcast live on national radio and television. His engagements for the 2001-2002 season include concerts in Philadelphia, St. Louis, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Seoul, and solo appearances with Korean Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic.

Lee is a winner of Round Top Concerto Competition, Dong-A Competition, Woolsey Hall Competition and the Haddonfield Symphony Solo Competition. He has also performed at the Music Academy of the West, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Orford Arts Centre, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Sarasota Music Festival. He has appeared on the NBC television network, WGBH in Boston and Vermont Public Radio.

Lee received a bachelor's degree in economics from Swarthmore College, where he was awarded the Fetter Scholarship and the Garrigues Scholarship. He holds a master's degree from Yale University, where he was a recipient of the Julia Loomis Havemeyer Memorial Scholarship and the Yale School of Music Scholarship. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at New England Conservatory.

Parkin has been a keyboardist with the St. Louis Symphony since 1986. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Illinois University and has done doctoral work at Washington University in St. Louis. She is in demand as a chamber musician and accompanist, performing frequently with St. Louis Symphony members. In the summer, she is an artist/coach at the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory and the Innsbruck Festival.

She worked for several years as accompanist for John Kendall, a pioneering string educator who helped bring the Suzuki method to the United States. She also does vocal coaching for Opera Theatre of St. Louis' Artist in Training program for gifted high school singers and at Washington University. She was a member of the new music ensemble Synchronia for three years, and has performed frequently on the St. Louis Symphony's new music series. She has been an Artist Presentation Society winner and a finalist in the St. Louis Symphony Young Artist Competition.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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