Noree Chamber Soloists

Noree Chamber Soloists Our mission is to bring fresh approach to the chamber music scene, performing innovative and compelling programing from the Baroque to works by living composer.

Jonathan Feldman, Artistic Adviser
Eun Sung Lee, Artistic Director of Noree Performing Arts
Yoon Lee, Music Director, Noree Perfomring Arts and Artistic Director of the Traveling Sounds
Yi Qun Xu, Artistic Director of the Traveling Sounds
Kenneth Ranshaw, Brandon Garbot, Adelya Nartajieva, Kobi Malkin, violinists
Sung Jin Lee, Jenni Seo, Caeli Smith, violist
Yi Qun Xu, Mariko Wyrick, cellists

Jonathan Feldman, Artistic Adviser
Eun Sung Lee, Artistic Director of Noree Performing Arts
Yoon Lee, Music Director, Noree Perfomring Arts and Artistic Director of the Traveling Sounds
Yi Qun Xu, Artistic Director of the Traveling Sounds
Kenneth Ranshaw, Brandon Garbot, Adelya Nartajieva, Kobi Malkin, violinists
Sung Jin Lee, Jenni Seo, Caeli Smith, violist
Yi Qun Xu, Mariko Wyrick, cellists

Oh, how we miss a big hug after a performance! We cannot wait for things to get better and to share live chamber music w...
02/25/2021

Oh, how we miss a big hug after a performance! We cannot wait for things to get better and to share live chamber music with you again!

Oh, how we miss a big hug after a performance! We cannot wait for things to get better and to share live chamber music with you again!

02/18/2021

We hope your week is going well! Here is some music from Brahms's G minor Piano Quartet to energize your day. Enjoy! 😃

Throwback to last season's Portsmouth Music Festival. We miss bringing music to our friends in Portsmouth and communitie...
02/12/2021

Throwback to last season's Portsmouth Music Festival. We miss bringing music to our friends in Portsmouth and communities in New England! 🎵🎶

Throwback to last season's Portsmouth Music Festival. We miss bringing music to our friends in Portsmouth and communities in New England! 🎵🎶

A piano-quartet program is premiering on Monday, January 25, 2021. Tune in at 1pm to watch Stella Chen, Zoë Martin-Doike...
01/25/2021

A piano-quartet program is premiering on Monday, January 25, 2021. Tune in at 1pm to watch Stella Chen, Zoë Martin-Doike, Yi Qun Xu, and Yoon Lee performing Mozart and Brahms Quartets, presented by Ellsworth Community Music Institute - ECMI. 🎻🎶🎤📽️🎻
https://noree.org/performances

A piano-quartet program is premiering on Monday, January 25, 2021. Tune in at 1pm to watch Stella Chen, Zoë Martin-Doike, Yi Qun Xu, and Yoon Lee performing Mozart and Brahms Quartets, presented by Ellsworth Community Music Institute - ECMI. 🎻🎶🎤📽️🎻
https://noree.org/performances

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9uu0YJLG2g&feature=youtu.beNoree Chamber Soloists shares beloved Mozart and Brahms Pian...
01/20/2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9uu0YJLG2g&feature=youtu.be

Noree Chamber Soloists shares beloved Mozart and Brahms Piano Quartets with Ellsworth Community Music Institute. Tune in for NCS’s first concert of 2021 on Monday, January 25, at 1PM Eastern Time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9uu0YJLG2g&feature=youtu.be

Noree Chamber Soloists shares beloved Mozart and Brahms Piano Quartets with Ellsworth Community Music Institute. Tune in for NCS’s first concert of 2021 on Monday, January 25, at 1PM Eastern Time.

NCS violist Stella Chen shared an exciting performance of Mozart's Violin Concerto No.5, arranged for string quartet and...
05/18/2020

NCS violist Stella Chen shared an exciting performance of Mozart's Violin Concerto No.5, arranged for string quartet and solo violin. From "Music from Vienna" concert.
Pictured: Stella Chen, Emma Frucht, Francesca dePasquale, Caeli Smith, and Yi Qun Xu. Photo by Déborah Soledad Moscoso
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#noreechambersoloists #noree #chambermusic #violin #concerto #stringquartet #ncs #newyork

Remembering NCS's Portsmouth Music Festival. Due to COVID-19, our festival concerts are cancelled. However, virtual musi...
05/18/2020

Remembering NCS's Portsmouth Music Festival. Due to COVID-19, our festival concerts are cancelled. However, virtual music sharing is coming! Look out for the new 👍
(Photo by Dan Derby)

12/12/2019
12/08/2019
Concerto Fest 2019

Join us for our Mozart in the Dark Series II Concerto Fest by Noree Chamber Soloists this Thursday, December 12, 2019! Presented in a concert space transfigured by special sound effects and lights, the program will be offered with cocktails inspired by the program.

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in D Minor (Francesca dePasquale, Soloist)
Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Opus 101 (Yi Qun Xu, Soloist)
Stamitz Viola Concerto in D Major, Opus 1 (Sungjin Lee, Soloist)

You can get tickets here @ https://noree.org/performances

One of the unique offerings of the Noree Chamber Soloists is arranging concerto works into chamber music so that those beloved works can be enjoyed in an intimate chamber setting. The award-winning musicians of the NCS are the soloists in the beloved Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in D Minor, the gracious Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2, and the virtuosic Stamitz Viola Concerto, each accompanied by a quartet of other talented NCS members.

Performers
Francesca dePasquale, Jennifer Liu, George Meyer, violin

Sungjin Lee, Emily Liu, | Ana Kim, Yi Qun Xu, cello

Production
Yoon Lee, Yi Qun Xu, Artistic Directors | Daniel Pettrow, Production Director

Michael Wright, Sound Design | Melody Liu, Media Production Director | Matthew Zullo, Mixologist

Video by: Melody Liu

Noree Chamber Soloists's cover photo
11/28/2019

Noree Chamber Soloists's cover photo

Noree Chamber Soloists will be participating in the #GivingTuesday campaign! This year, Facebook will match up to $7M in...
11/28/2019

Noree Chamber Soloists will be participating in the #GivingTuesday campaign! This year, Facebook will match up to $7M in donations starting at 8 AM EST. Follow us on our page and help us achieve our goal. The money raised will be opening possibilities for more innovative concerts! Click on the #GivingTuesday and select NOREE PERFORMING ARTS INC. ❤️❤️

We had the privilege of returning to our home away from home, Portsmouth, NH this weekend with @stephaniezyzak, @blonde_...
11/18/2019

We had the privilege of returning to our home away from home, Portsmouth, NH this weekend with @stephaniezyzak, @blonde_violist, and @yiqunxu. Thank you @portsmouthathenaeum for having us!
Pictures: @blonde_violist •



#chambermusic #newyorkcity #music #newyorkmusic #portsmouthnh #portsmouth #travel #musicians #shotoniphone #violin #viola #cello #noree #noreechambersoloists

10/29/2019
DEATH & WONDER

Expect an EXPERIENCE: Classical Music Concert with Neon Lights and Cocktail Pairing?

Noree Chamber Soloists' "Mozart in Dark" series I. Death & Wonder. This Friday, 7:30PM at Opera America. Join us for a unique classical music experience.

Get Your Tickets Here: DEATH & WONDER | Noree Chamber Soloists NYC Mozart in Dark Series

Partnering business: The Expat (Cocktail Design)

Production Daniel Pettrow
Performance Bela Horvath, Geneva Lewis, Jennifer Liu, Charlie Galante, James Kim, Yi Qun Xu, and Yoon Lee
Film Melody Liu

10/29/2019
FRIDAY, NOV 1, 7:30PM, DEATH & WONDERJoin us for a Death & Wonder | an immersive multidisciplinary chamber concert. Join...
10/26/2019

FRIDAY, NOV 1, 7:30PM, DEATH & WONDER
Join us for a Death & Wonder | an immersive multidisciplinary chamber concert.

Join us at a concert space transfigured by ambient sound and lights, and further enhanced with cocktails paired to the music.⁠

Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Opus 67⁠
Beethoven String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Opus 132⁠

Bela Horvath, Geneva Lewis, Jennifer Liu, violin⁠
Charles Galante, viola⁠
James Kim, Yi Qun Xu, cello⁠
Yoon Lee, piano⁠
Daniel Pattrow, production director⁠
Omar Zubair, sound design ⁠
Masha Tsimiring, light design⁠

In Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2—highly dissonant work packed with tension, woe, and at times, feelings of violence—Shostakovich lamented the premature death of his dear friend Ivan Ivanovich Sollertinsky. The last movement, also known as the “Dance of Death” movement, uses the “Jewish Dance” melody to a striking effect. Beethoven’s String Quartet Opus 132 was composed just two years before his death. The third movement “Song of Thanksgiving to the Deity,” is a powerful testament to Beethoven’s ability to transcend his afflictions into a musical offering.⁠
Tickets available at www.noree.org/performances⁠

Death & Wonder | an immersive multidisciplinary chamber concert. FRI, NOV 1, 7:30PM. For age 21 and older.Join us at a c...
10/22/2019

Death & Wonder | an immersive multidisciplinary chamber concert. FRI, NOV 1, 7:30PM. For age 21 and older.

Join us at a concert space transfigured by ambient sound and lights, and further enhanced with cocktails paired to the music.

Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Opus 67
Beethoven String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Opus 132

Bela Horvath, Geneva Lewis, Jennifer Liu, violin
Charles Galante, viola
James Kim, Yi Qun Xu, cello
Yoon Lee, piano
Daniel Pattrow, production director
Omar Zubair, sound design
Masha Tsimiring, light design

#chambermusic #experience #NYC

In Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2—highly dissonant work packed with tension, woe, and at times, feelings of violence—Shostakovich lamented the premature death of his dear friend Ivan Ivanovich Sollertinsky. The last movement, also known as the “Dance of Death” movement, uses the “Jewish Dance” melody to a striking effect. Beethoven’s String Quartet Opus 132 was composed just two years before his death. The third movement “Song of Thanksgiving to the Deity,” is a powerful testament to Beethoven’s ability to transcend his afflictions into a musical offering.
Tickets available at www.noree.org/performances

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Tickets are available at the website (noree.org).

Have you listen to a concert in darkness? With terrifying pulsating sound waves as you enter the space? The Noree Chambe...
10/19/2019

Have you listen to a concert in darkness? With terrifying pulsating sound waves as you enter the space?

The Noree Chamber Soloists presents Death & Wonder, an immersive multidisciplinary interpretation of two chamber music works. We invite you to a concert space transfigured by ambient sound and lights, and further enhanced with cocktails paired to the music, the two masterworks by Shostakovich and Beethoven. ⁠Tickets at noree.org/performances

Noree Chamber Soloists is a NY-based chamber music ensemble that is committed to developing the next generation of audiences with a fresh approach to present classical music concerts. ⁠

Have you listen to a concert in darkness? With terrifying pulsating sound waves as you enter the space? A classical musi...
10/19/2019

Have you listen to a concert in darkness? With terrifying pulsating sound waves as you enter the space? A classical music concert suitable only for adults? ⁠

The Noree Chamber Soloists presents Death & Wonder, an immersive multidisciplinary interpretation of two chamber music works. We invite you to a concert space transfigured by ambient sound and lights, and further enhanced with cocktails paired to the music, the two masterworks by Shostakovich and Beethoven. ⁠Link on our website www.noree.org

Noree Chamber Soloists is a NY-based chamber music ensemble that is committed to developing the next generation of audiences with a fresh approach to present classical music concerts. ⁠#experimental #concert #experience

Death & Wonder | an immersive multidisciplinary chamber concert. FRI, NOV 1, 7:30PM.  For age 21 and older.Join us at a ...
10/19/2019

Death & Wonder | an immersive multidisciplinary chamber concert. FRI, NOV 1, 7:30PM. For age 21 and older.

Join us at a concert space transfigured by ambient sound and lights, and further enhanced with cocktails paired to the music.

Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Opus 67
Beethoven String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Opus 132

Bela Horvath, Geneva Lewis, Jennifer Liu, violin Charlie Galante, viola, James Kim, Yi Qun Xu, cello, Yoon Lee, piano
Daniel Pettrow, production director, Omar Zubair, sound design, Masha Tsimring, light design

Find Cookie Series ONE!Can you spot NCS mascot doggy, Cookie?#rehearsal for Brahms Piano Quartet in G Minor Photo by Dan...
09/28/2019

Find Cookie Series ONE!
Can you spot NCS mascot doggy, Cookie?
#rehearsal for Brahms Piano Quartet in G Minor
Photo by Dan Derby | Photographed are Francesca dePasquale, Cookie, Yoon Lee, YiQun Xu, Bethany Hargreaves
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Follow us on Instagram @noreechambersoloists.⁠
Subscribe to our YouTube channel 🔛 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4IUFPo-r58V7wBXnxhU4lg⁠

🐶 Have you met NCS mascot doggy, Cookie? Wherever NCS goes, Cookie goes! He is an active participant of our rehearsals a...
09/24/2019

🐶 Have you met NCS mascot doggy, Cookie? Wherever NCS goes, Cookie goes! He is an active participant of our rehearsals and the best audience greeter ever! He makes our music making so much happier. 🎻 Picture by Dan Derby | Pictured are three artistic directors, YiQun Xu (left), Cookie (middle), Yoon Lee (right)
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Follow us on Instagram @noreechambersoloists.⁠
Subscribe to our YouTube channel 🔛 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4IUFPo-r58V7wBXnxhU4lg⁠

Malcolm Arnold: "Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is....
09/24/2019

Malcolm Arnold: "Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is."

What is your thought on music this weekend? 🎻🎼 #noreechambersoloists #communication #friendship #mission #sustain #share #support #love

Malcolm Arnold: "Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is....
09/24/2019

Malcolm Arnold: "Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is."

What is your thought on music this weekend? 🎻🎼 #noreechambersoloists #communication #friendship #mission #sustain #share #support #love

Can you feel the energy? 🎻👏⁠------------⁠Photo: Ron St. Jean Photography ⁠⁠
09/13/2019

Can you feel the energy? 🎻👏⁠
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Photo: Ron St. Jean Photography


Can you feel the energy? Audience gives a standing ovation to NCS after the passional Brahms Piano Quartet in G Minor pe...
09/13/2019

Can you feel the energy? Audience gives a standing ovation to NCS after the passional Brahms Piano Quartet in G Minor performance 🎻👏
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Photo: Ron St. Jean Photography | Pictured: Francesca dePasquale, Bethany Hargreaves, YiQun Xu, and Yoon Lee

After four concerts and a residency in New Hampshire, our 3rd annual Portsmouth Music Festival 2019 has concluded with a...
09/10/2019

After four concerts and a residency in New Hampshire, our 3rd annual Portsmouth Music Festival 2019 has concluded with a big success. Congratulations to all NCS artists! 👏👏👏
(Photo by Dan Derby)

Cookie thinks he is the soloist of #zigeunerweisen for tonight’s concert at South Church
09/07/2019

Cookie thinks he is the soloist of #zigeunerweisen for tonight’s concert at South Church

@fd_violin, @yueunitta, @blonde_violist, @yiqunxu and @cookiesmusichouse sharing Beethoven String Quartet Opus 59 No. 1 ...
09/07/2019

@fd_violin, @yueunitta, @blonde_violist, @yiqunxu and @cookiesmusichouse sharing Beethoven String Quartet Opus 59 No. 1 at @southchurchuu. Concert tonight at 7:30PM!
#music #chambermusic #violin #viola #cello #stringquartet #musicfestival #festival #concert #portsmouth #nh #newhampshire #havanese #dogs #dogsofinstagram

Portsmouth Music Festival 2019 DAY 1: The classical Things. Haydn Cello Concerto In D Major (YiQun Xu, soloist), Leclair...
09/07/2019

Portsmouth Music Festival 2019 DAY 1: The classical Things. Haydn Cello Concerto In D Major (YiQun Xu, soloist), Leclair Two Violin Sonata Opus 3 No. 5, Beethoven String Quartet Opus 59 No. 1. All at south church #portsmouth #nh #musicfestival #music #classicalmusic #chambermusic music

Leclair Two Violin Sonata at Historic 18th Century Wentworth Lear Houses @wentworthgardner @noreechambersoloists
08/31/2019

Leclair Two Violin Sonata at Historic 18th Century Wentworth Lear Houses @wentworthgardner @noreechambersoloists

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Their performance praised as "strong, committed and flowed with liquid enthusiasm" and "musicality of a high order" by New York Concert Review, Noree Chamber Soloists is a collective of NY-based musicians that presents a unique mixture of chamber music and solo repertoire. Our mission is to bring fresh approach to the chamber music scene, performing innovative and compelling programing from the Baroque to works by living composer. Our artists are graduates of the top conservatories, including the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Curtis Institute, and Yale School of Music, and have participated in many prestigious festivals including Marlboro, [email protected], Verbier, and the Perlman Music Program. As a young ensemble, Noree Chamber Soloists is committed to developing the next generation of audience. Plans for our 2018-2019 NYC concert season include performing in a wide variety of venues, delivering approachable pre-concert talks, post-concert social events. We seek to promote real personal connections and shared experiences with our audiences.

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Music of Sarasate (1844-1908) and Self-Exoticism

This story post is written by Noree Chamber Soloists’ Resident Musicologist @Jung-Min Mina Lee. Mina has earned her PhD in musicology from Duke University with a dissertation on Korean National Identity and Modern Music after World War II. She has taught music theory, history, and criticism at the Montclair State University and Baekseok Arts University in Seoul. Starting this fall, she will teach courses on Music in Modern Korea and K-pop at the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department at Duke University. Parts of this essay were presented during the pre-concert talk at Noree Chamber Soloists’ NYC Concert Series II program on February 15, 2018.

Noree Chamber Soloists’ February concert program was centered around the theme of Romantic exoticism. One of the defining characteristics of Romantic-era music is its focus on expressive and emotional qualities. In order to achieve such qualities, composers engaged with external sources, such as themes from other literary works, artworks, or philosophical thoughts. Composers were also often inspired by sources from less familiar places and evoked milieu of remote places or times using rhythms, harmonies, melodies, or instruments associated with those unfamiliar settings. While this practice, musical exoticism, can be traced as far back as the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries, when trades between and Europe and Middle Eastern or Asian worlds were frequent, the height of musical exoticism can be seen as the second half of the nineteenth century. As composers faced the new era of musical modernism, using foreign sources also served as opportunities for them to explore unusual sounds and techniques.

Although the definition of musical exoticism is seemingly straightforward, if we try to look at it just a little bit deeper than the surface questions such as which composer drew from which culture, or which melody or rhythm borrows from which musical tradition, we run into a myriad of questions that complicate our interpretation. For instance: How much did composers know about the culture they drew from? How much did the audiences know about that culture or what were the stereotypes associated with that culture in the society? Or, what were composers’ motivations when they quoted sounds of specific areas or cultures? As you can see, there are many different ways to think about musical exoticism. (If you are interested in investigating these intricate questions regarding music exoticism, here are some suggested books written by experts on the topic: Georgina Born and David Hesmondhalgh, Western Music and Its Others (2000); Annegret Fauser, Musical Encounters at the 1889 Paris World’s Fair (2009); Ralph Locke, Musical Exoticism (2011); and Locke, Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart (2015)).

Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasie (1883) is a work that presents interesting questions as to how we should understand the composer’s use of “exotic” Spanish dances. Carmen Fantasie draws from a well-loved operaCarmen by the French composer Georges Bizet. Toward the end of the 1800s, opera fantasies were in vogue in the French music scene: violinist-composers often borrowed materials from popular operas and created virtuosic fantasies for themselves to perform. Sarasate, as one of the most prominent violinists in Europe at the time (along with Joseph Joachim (1831-1907) and Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)), and as the epitome of the French salon virtuoso, was interested in expanding the violin repertoire by creating such opera fantasies based on Don Giovanni, Faust, Der Freischütz, La forza del destino, Romeo et Juliet, and Carmen. Among them, Carmen Fantasieis the only work that remains in the violin repertoire today.

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We LOVED the music you shared with us at South Church in Portsmouth last Sunday. Thank you!!