Mozart's piano

Reflections | Mike Cheng-Yu Lee, Fortepiano
Bt_movie_not_in_use Constraints and affordances of this piano 00h:01m:38s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Construction results in more clarity of sound 00h:03m:32s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Clarity lends special importance to left hand 00h:05m:05s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Articulation in 18th century music 00h:07m:44s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Inside the keyboard action 00h:09m:37s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Piano's fit with Mozart's music 00h:12m:03s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Use of the pedal 00h:12m:44s
Bt_movie_not_in_use About the manufacturer 00h:16m:13s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Piano is a tool for a special musical vision 00h:17m:16s

Pianist Mike Lee talks about playing Mozart's piano, its construction, and how its special sound qualities lend itself to Mozart's music.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Fortepiano and Piano

Recorded Date: 11-02-2013

Mike Cheng-Yu Lee

Awarded Second Prize and Audience Prize at the 2011 Westfield International Fortepiano Competition by a jury that included Robert Levin and Christopher Hogwood, New Zealand pianist Mike Cheng-Yu Lee’s performances have been described as “portraying integrity, purity, complexity and truth… with balance and control that [are] breathtaking.” As one of an emerging generation of pianists that advocates performance on pianos spanning the eighteenth century to the present, Mr. Lee is recognized for exploring alternatives of sound and expression through the integration of period and modern instruments and their performing styles.

Recent orchestral engagements include an invitation from Michael Tilson Thomas for a week-long residency to perform as soloist with the New World Symphony Orchestra and co-teach with Juilliard faculty Cynthia Roberts members of the symphony on eighteenth-century performance practice. He has also appeared as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic. As a chamber musician, Mr. Lee has forged partnerships with string players such as Joseph Lin (Juilliard String Quartet), Clancy Newman (Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio), and Tatiana Samouil that integrate modern and period instruments, and has been invited to Kneisel Hall, Sarasota, and Mayfest summer music festivals. Conceiving Bach in terms of late eighteenth-century aesthetics is an area of interest that he has explored on his personal copy of Mozart’s Walter piano by Philip Belt. Recent projects include a symposium on Schumann’s late chamber music and performances with the Formosa Quartet (winners of the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition) that seek to probe the expressive potentials of Schuman's chamber music through the lens of historical instruments. He is currently Visiting Lecturer of Music at Cornell University.

Mike Lee is a graduate of Yale where he studied with Boris Berman and Michael Friedmann. He is currently completing a Ph.D. at Cornell University where he is a student of Malcolm Bilson and the noted Haydn scholar James Webster.