Both folklore and scientific research support the notion that “music is the best medicine.” Yet few people realize that the two disciplines themselves often go hand in hand. Both can heal, and both involve an intimate connection between people.
No one understands these connections better than Dr. Karen Lee, who started life as a concert violinist before turning to medicine. Presently, she is a board-certified geriatrician practicing in northwest Tucson, but she hasn’t put the violin aside. Together with pianist Kyunsun Choi, Lee will present a program for us that includes Bach’s “Chaconne” from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, Mozart’s Sonata for Piano and Violin in G Major, Tchaikovsky’s “Canzonetta” Andante from the Violin Concerto in D minor as well as his “Melodie,” and Saint-Saens’ “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” in A minor.
Lee’s musical journey began at age 4 and led to performances on public radio in Boston and New York,
followed by performances with the National String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
She also won high honors in the presitigious Yehudi Menuhin, Paganini, and Stulberg international
competitions. Lee earned a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard and practiced in Boston before
Dr. Kyungsun Choi has been praised in the press as “a pianist with rich emotion and sensitivity” (Korean
Arizona Daily Times). A native of Seoul, South Korea, Choi has given many solo and chamber recitals
both locally and internationally, as well as being an accompanist and a teacher. He earned a DMA in
Piano Performance at the University of Arizona, studying under Dr. Paula Fan, and has played as a
soloist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Tucson Repertory Orchestra.
Written by Nancy Green, Academy Village Volunteer