ABOUT

Award‐winning pianist Mookie Lee‐Menuhin has performed worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician, touring major music halls and festivals throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Asia. She has also enjoyed numerous television and radio appearances, most notably for the BBC, DR, DK4, Radio Swiss Classic and Danish Radio.


INTRODUCTION


MUSIC FESTIVALS


INFLUENCES & BACKGROUND


WIDER INTERESTS

INTRODUCTION

Her recent work includes the recording of two albums in 2015, which feature rare works of Shostakovich, with Alexander Rozhdestvensky and Jeremy Menuhin (First Hand Records, UK); works of Schubert performed by the Menuhin Duo, including Jeremy Menuhin’s transcription of the slow movement from the string quartet of Death And The Maiden (Genuin Records, Gewarndhaus, Leipzig), which, both recordings, received enthusiastic reviews; Mookie will shortly be making an album featuring two world premiere works by Eric Tanguy and Peter Barcaba, and also works by Schubert and Alban Berg.

In 2003, Mookie was awarded the prestigious Augustinus Award, and the Prince Joachim, and Princess Alexandra’s International Prize as well as winning the YAMAHA competition in 2002.

Mookie has made many radio and television appearances such as for the BBC, DR, DK4 and Radio Swiss Classic. She is often invited to perform at festivals such as Festival Pablo Casals in Prades, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Festival de Bellerive, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Boğaziçi University Foundation, Smetana’s Litomyšl Festival, Felix Mendelssohn Music Days, Grandes Heures de SaintEmilion and Seoul Spring Festival.

Mookie is also an avid chamber musician, and has played with, among others, Alberto Lysy, Gary Hoffman, Piers Lane, Istvan Vardai, and her husband Jeremy Menuhin. She released a number of CDs including the first recordings of Shostakovich/Stravinsky works with Alexander Rozhdestvensky and Jeremy Menuhin, and in addition, the premières of Jeremy Menuhin’s compositions for 2 pianos.

The Menuhin Duo, of which Mookie is 50%, is a dedicated piano duo specialising in the existing repertoire. The Duo has a rare additional role: that of performing Jeremy’s compositions for two pianos, written with conviction that contemporary music can be beautiful and comprehensible.

In addition to her performing career, Mookie is passionate about bringing classical music to a wider audience, particularly young children. In doing so, she aims to foster greater communication between performers and their audience.

 

MUSIC FESTIVALS

Mookie has played in many music festivals, most notably the Pablo Casals Festival of Prades, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Festival de Bellerive, Smetana Festival and Seoul Spring Festival; as well as performing at respected interntional venues such as the Victoria Hall (Geneva, Switzerland), Tonhalle (Zurich, Switzerland), Bern Casino (Bern, Switzerland), Yehudi Menuhin Hall (UK), Smetana Hall (Pilsen, Czech Republic), Danish Radio Concert Hall (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Musikhuset Aarhus (Aarhus, Denmark), Sejong Hall and the Seoul Arts Centre (Seoul, South Korea) and the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonie (Krakow, Poland).

INFLUENCES & BACKGROUND

‘ Powerfully communicated.. this ought to be a record of the year.. this nearly forgotten score is revived in a sensitive and compassionate performance. The transcendence of the movements are persuasively captured… ’ Pianist Mookie Lee-Menuhin has received enthusiastic reviews of her recordings of Shostakovich, Schubert and Schubert-Menuhin, from, among others, Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, DSCH Journal, Primephonic and Classical Source.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Mookie has performed throughout mainland Europe, and in Scandinavia, Britain and Asia, both as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared in some of the major halls in Europe and Asia, including Geneva’s Victoria Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, and the Bern Casino in Switzerland, Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Krakow, Poland, Smetana Hall in Plzeň, Czech Republic, Schloss Elmau, among others, in Germany, Musikhuset and Danish Radio in Denmark and Sejong Hall, Seoul Arts Centre in Seoul, South Korea.

In 2003, Mookie was awarded the prestigious Augustinus Award, and the Prince Joachim, and Princess Alexandra’s International Prize as well as winning the YAMAHA competition in 2002.

Mookie has made many radio and television appearances such as for the BBC, DR, DK4 and Radio Swiss Classic. She is often invited to perform at festivals such as Festival Pablo Casals in Prades, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Festival de Bellerive, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Boğaziçi University Foundation, Smetana’s Litomyšl Festival, Felix Mendelssohn Music Days, Grandes Heures de SaintEmilion and Seoul Spring Festival.

Mookie is also an avid chamber musician, and has played with, among others, Alberto Lysy, Gary Hoffman, Piers Lane, Istvan Vardai, and her husband Jeremy Menuhin. She released a number of CDs including the first recordings of Shostakovich/Stravinsky works with Alexander Rozhdestvensky and Jeremy Menuhin, and in addition, the premières of Jeremy Menuhin’s compositions for 2 pianos.

The Menuhin Duo, of which Mookie is 50%, is a dedicated piano duo specialising in the existing repertoire. The Duo has a rare additional role: that of performing Jeremy’s compositions for two pianos, written with conviction that contemporary music can be beautiful and comprehensible.

In addition to her performing career, Mookie is passionate about bringing classical music to a wider audience, particularly young children. In doing so, she aims to foster greater communication between performers and their audience.

Mookie studied at Chetham’s School of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music with Margaret Fingerhut in the UK. She obtained a Master’s degree as well as a performance diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, and studied with John Damgaard, and Ronan O’Hora in London.

WIDER INTERESTS

Mookie lives in Switzerland with her husband and daughter. Their family world is filled with music, travel, reading and conversation… and skiing – a skill which Mookie is determined to master.

The diversity of interests and creativity is manifested in Mookie’s life in many different ways, from her love of food to her fascination with human behaviour and psychology. She finds great inspiration and solace in cooking, dreaming up exciting flavour combinations, inventing new recipes and composing new styles of presentation of the dishes for others to enjoy; and her naturally questioning mind and self‐discipline are evident in her approach to music.

Mookie feels privileged that music plays such a large role in her life. It has been a journey filled with struggles and satisfaction in equal measure, helping Mookie to grow and learn with every new experience.

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