14-Year-Old Juilliard and Curtis Violist Hae Sue Lee to Perform with Moscow Ballet in Upper Darby


Hae Sue Lee

Hae Sue Lee first picked up the viola when she was eight. A year later, she was admitted into the Juilliard pre-college program at the age of nine. She’s won countless awards, including First Place in the New York International Music Competition, the Alex & Buono International String Competition, and most recently, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2014 Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition.

Now, Philly-area audiences will have a chance to see this young prodigy, who is currently a Curtis Institute student, perform at a one-time only concert with the Moscow Ballet in Upper Darby at the Tower Theater on December 6 during their Great Russian Nutcracker performance. The partnership with the Ballet company, called Musical Wunderkind, allows young prodigies, like Lee, to perform with world-class dance stars.

According to the Moscow Ballet, “The cross discipline program is a salute to talented young Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition winners across the country and is an unprecedented opportunity for aspiring musicians to perform live with award-winning and internationally touring ballerinas. This live performance experience develops young musicians’ interpretation skills in a way practice cannot and is a continuation in Moscow Ballet’s mission to provide art enrichment for the local communities in which it performs.”

Besides from their performance of the Nutcracker, Lee will accompany a Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina in Saint Saen’s “Dying Swan,” a number that was deeply influential in the development of the death scene in the iconic ballet Swan Lake.

Tickets and more information can be found here.