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Last night Melody Lee and Patricia Hoy brought down the house with a no-holds-barred Brahms that was lavish and truly exciting (keep your eyes open for the new release of Patircia Hoy and Alexander Soliemen due out this August he plays a cello transcription of the sonatensatz) followed by a Beethoven that was pure elegance, performed entirely by memory with grace and  exemplary chamber music, between the two musicians. Melody opened the second half with flawless and perfectly paced movements from the Bach D minor Partitia, and ended the recital with a spectacular breathtaking Scherzo Tarantelle.  Melody's combination of speed, precision, beauty, and bold virtuosic technique, brought the crowd to their feet in a warm and vocal standing ovation!! Not only did Melody perform beautifully, but she was stunningly attired and has a compelling  presence on stage. She is a talented young woman and we will watch for her as she blossoms into the  professional world.


This is what people said:

Anthea Dolan    "More than a violin recital!"

"Toni Stanick's introduction to each composer was informative, interesting and brought each one to life and her obvious enthusiasm and love of each piece was contagious.

Melody Lee is a joy to listen to and a joy to watch. Her performance of the Scherzo Tarantelle was mesmerizing and showed just how talented she is  and deservedly brought everyone to their feet!"

Deon Kopke  "Wonderful evening, Beethoven's music is so grand and essential, let's do it every quarter!"

Robert Byler "Superb concert, thank you so much!! Absolutely wonderful!"

Mary McBride "Fabulous high-quality, magnificent! More concerts would be great!"

Virginia Cambell "Absolutely fantastic!"

Don Simpson "Delightful and very impressive"

Marlene McDonald "I am enjoying it VERY much...."

Carlie Popovich   "Wonderful!"






SUNDAY JANUARY 3rd     2010   5:00to 6:30      


tickets $10.00


I am very happy to be producing this concert for Melody Lee. Two years ago, in January 2007, Melody attended a recital by another of my alumni, Jaewon Bang, who was also at Colburn. Jaewon was performing as soloist with The Mozart Festival Orchestra in California and asked if I could organise a concert for her as a dry run. Well..........this turned out to be an incrediable event. We were packed out and had to turn people away!! Jaewon was dazzling, and had everyone spellbound. When I met with Melody in the summer, she talked of this recital, and asked if I could put together a concert for her. I have known Melody for many years and it is a pleasure to watch her grow and develop, she has an exceptional talent, and it is already a violinist of note.

I'm very excited to  be bringing Patricia Hoy and Melody Lee together to weave wonderful magic, through the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and the violin great Henri Wieniawski.

This will be an amazing experience!



Melody Lee, age 19, is currently a third year student of Robert Lipsett, on full scholarship at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles. She is originally from Vancouver, BC, where she began studies in violin at age 6 with Erno Kabok, and from 1997 to 2007 under Toni Stanick, during which time she won many first place victories at competitions including  Kiwanis, Coquitlam, Performers Guild among others, appered as soloist with both the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Youth Orchestra playing the Mendellsohn violin concerto, was a finalsit in the BC Provincial Open Category and a winner of the Burnaby Clef concerto competition. As a chamber musician, Melody and her trio won the Friends of Chamber Music Competition two years running and won scholarships from the Elsje de Ridder chamber music competition. Melody has played in masterclasses for Pinchas Zuckerman, Arnold Steinhardt, Sidney Harth and Vadim Gluzman. Melody also attended the Colorado College Summer Music Festival on full scholarship in 2006, and in 2009 spent her second summer at the Aspen Music Festival with an Academy of Conducting Fellowship.



Pianist Patricia Hoy has been featured as a soloist with such orchestras as  the Montreal Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Quebec Chamber Orchestra, CBC Radio Orchestra and the Ventura Symphony. She has been a featured pianist on CBC, PBS and WCXR. As a chamber musician, she is frequently invited to collaborate on a wide variety of projects ranging from performances of the established repertoire to the commissioning and performance of new works by North American and European composers. For the 2009/2010 season she will be performing both as chamber musician and soloist in Canada, California, Alaska, and Germany.

In addition to her performing career, Dr. Hoy has served as faculty and program coordinator at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts. She is a faculty member at the Young Artists Experience a summer program designed to train and mentor gifted students. Dr. Hoy is also a member of the UBC Faculty of Music where she coaches and lectures on chamber music.





Partita in D minor JS BACH (1685-1750)
Allemande, Courrente    
Sonata Opus 12 #1 D major BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Allegro con brio    
Theme and variations: Andante con moto    
Rondo: Allegro    
Sonatensatz (Scherzo) BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Scherzo Tarantelle WIENIAWSKI (1835-1888)