Chinese pianist presents night of Beethoven with global musicians

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Acclaimed Chinese pianist Warren Lee shared the stage with a number of world-renowned musicians to perform Beethoven's classic works at New York's Carnegie Hall on Monday night.

Lee, who has been a Steinway Artist since 2009, was featured as the lead pianist and offered New Yorkers a rewarding evening by playing the Choral Fantasy in C minor, Op.80, a composition for orchestra, chorus, and solo piano by German musician Ludwig van Beethoven that premiered in Vienna in 1808.

Lee collaborated with a string of famed artists including Jonathan Griffith, Danielle Talamantes, Claudia Chapa, Peter Scott Drackley and 12 international choirs.

"The very fact that some 300 or so human souls shared one of the most history-filled and prestigious stage in Carnegie Hall, and to make such great music together is, no doubt, a one-of-a-lifetime experience," said Lee after the concert. "Words fail me; it is a night I'll remember for many years to come."

Born in Hong Kong, China, Lee made his televised debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of six. Also a composer and music educator, he was awarded the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award (Hong Kong) in 2012 in recognition of his significant contribution to the music profession and the community.

Another highlight of the concert was Ode to Joy, or Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 12, which is Beethoven's best-known work and one of the most performed symphonies in the world.

The concert celebrated the 10 years' course of the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), a leading producer of dynamic musical entertainment in renowned international venues. More than 40,000 musicians representing 45 countries and regions have participated in DCINY productions during the past 10 years.

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