Young Violinist Develops Mature Technique

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Violinist Anna Lee

Anna Lee, 11, performs a playful piece by Sarasate that — she says — "reminds me of myself." From the Top hide caption

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Award Winner

Congratulations to Anna Lee, recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. She will receive an award of $10,000 to help her continue her music studies and assist her with music-related needs.

Violinist Anna Lee is just eleven years old but she's already impressed audiences at places such as the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado.

Conductor David Zinman has taken the young violinist under his wing at Aspen and claims that she can already play extremely difficult pieces that he has never mastered.

Lee has self-confidence, a curious mind (she's interested in art and science) and technical mastery of the violin well beyond her age. She says music gives her emotions, helps her think more clearly, and simply helps her "get on" with her life. She performs Zapateado, op. 23 by Pablo de Sarasate, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley. This segment originally aired on Mar. 21, 2007



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