Taylor – Lee Duo

David Taylor, violin
Brian Lee, piano

For almost a decade, David and Brian have collaborated on many duo programs in Chicago and beyond, including WFMT’s signature full-length recital series “Live from WFMT”, Fridays at Noon at Fourth Presbyterian, the Nano-Concert Series at the historic Moody Church, and for the League of the Chicago Symphony. From epic sonatas by Beethoven, Strauss, Prokofiev, and the complete Brahms sonatas, to encore pieces such as John Williams’s “Fiddler on the Roof” medley, their programs have exhilarated audiences young and old. David is assistant concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and he teaches at Moody Bible Institute and Roosevelt University.

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Chicago Piano Duo

William Phemister, piano
Brian Lee, piano

The Chicago Piano Duo is a unique blend of two artists whose paths have crossed in various ways over the past twenty five years. According to the Chicago Tribune, they are “from different generations, but have shared musical values and shared spiritual values … and (they) both agree it’s fun!” The CPD performs a wide spectrum of music: classical music written for one piano/four-hands, works written for two pianos, and also sacred music that feature hymn arrangements, original compositions, or spiritual themes. Their concerts often synthesize several of these elements, although the programs can be presented in any form to the liking of the audiences/presenters, including a Schubert recital, Christmas programs, or other presentations.

They have performed in many noted series and venues across Chicago and beyond, including Fridays at Noon (Fourth Presbyterian Church), Moody Bible Institute, Wheaton College, John Brown University, Metropolitan Methodist Church (Washington D.C.), Gary United Methodist Church, St. Michaels Church, Wentz Concert Hall (Community Christian Church), North Shore Performing Arts Center, and at the annual Schubertiade, where their performance was heard live on WFMT radio/online. They have also collaborated with Dance West Ballet in live performances of Schubert. Upcoming projects include recording two volumes of hymn arrangements from Lorenz Publishing, which include a newly commissioned work by Mark Hayes written for the CPD.

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Leifer – Lee Duo

Lyon Leifer, flute
Brian Lee, piano

Performing beautiful music for flute and piano, Lyon and Brian have presented a variety of programs featuring this dynamic blend of instruments. From All-American programs (Copland, Muczynski, Piston, Stark), to Schubert, Mozart, Prokofiev, and tangos by Piazzolla, they have performed at venues including “Chamber Mondays” at Preston Bradley Hall, the summer “Concert in the Park” series presented by the City of Chicago, and at Northeastern Illinois University and Moody Bible Institute. Lyon is recognized in Europe, the Americas, China and India as a master flutist who performs both on western flutes and on the bansuri (north Indian keyless bamboo flute). He has become one of the city’s leading flutists and flute teachers. He was principal flutist in the Ars Viva Orchestra for many years, and is currently the principal for the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra. He was also principal flutist for twenty-seven years for Music of the Baroque, where he was often featured as soloist in concerts and syndicated broadcasts.

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