Ep. 16 Cory Lee Violinist, The Liberated Performer (Member of Ethel Central)

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4m May 11, 2021

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Continuing to celebrate the AAPI Heritage Month, joining me today for a new episode of Tuesday Conversation with Friends is violinist, Cory (Corin) Lee, not your regular violinist. Juilliard trained, founder of The Liberated Performer (an organization to work with performers to overcome performance and audition anxiety), and a member of the string quartet ETHEL which is acclaimed as “unfailingly vital” (The New York Times), “brilliant,” “downtown’s reigning string quartet” (The New Yorker), and “one of the most exciting quartets around” (Strad Magazine).

In this interview we will start with an incredible work of ETHEL: CIRCUS WANDERING CITY, Cory’s beginning (you won’t want to miss this story!), managing performance anxiety, shifting from a skill centric conservatory mindset to be audience-focused. You get to watch him perform a humorous edition of Paganini’s Caprice No. 5 and finish with his arrangement of Steve Reich’s Violin Phase.

0:00 Circus Wandering City by ETHEL
3:25 Interview
10:20 The Beginning: Suzuki Violin Method with a Tissue Box, A Ruler, and A Stick
12:56 Mini Paganini Caprice No. 5
16:37 Managing Performance and Audition Anxiety
21:45 Shifting from the Skill-Based Conservatory Experience to Audience Focus Performance
22:49 Joining ETHEL
26:05 ETHEL during 2020/2021 (digitizing and collaboration. 17K views every Friday through The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City)
38:30 Violin Phase by Steve Reich Arr. by Cory Lee for Electronic Violin Cello Bass

You can read more about Cory (also known as Corin) below:

Corin’s collaborations include performances with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Native American flute player Robert Mirabal, jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood, Latin jazz pianist Pablo Ziegler, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang, MacArthur Genius composer Julia Wolfe, and DJ Mako.

Corin has performed on, FOX, NBC, From The Top, TED, TEDx, SiriusXM, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In addition to concert work, he is the founder of Liberated Performer®, a program that guides and trains musicians to defeat performance anxiety, prepare for auditions and concerts, and achieve peak performance.

He has taught at National YoungArts Foundation (New York and Miami), directs the audition preparation programs at the New York Youth Symphony, and has given lectures at conservatories like The Juilliard School and San Francisco Conservatory. Corin studied with Ani Kavafian, Hyo Kang, Naoko Tanaka, Wei He, Camilla Wicks, Robert Mealy, and Cathryn Lee. He received degrees from Juilliard (BM), Yale (MM), and an honorary doctorate from Denison University.

Ethel: www.EthelCentral.org
"A Wondrous Space" by Dorothy Lawson (ETHEL's Circus: Wandering City): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCuBK68DTZA
Mini Paganini Caprice No. 5 by Corin Lee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_BIGkX_azQ
Violin Phase by Steve Reich, Arr. by Corin Lee for Electronic Violin, Cello & Bass: https://youtu.be/Pxg1tuQiBF8

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