Mon-Puo Lee, cello and Anna Han, piano


  • Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) - Suite in the Old Style for cello and piano (1972) (13’)
  • Ballet
  • Fugue
  • Minuet
  • Pantomime
  • Pastorale
  • Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) - Suite Italienne (from Pulcinella) (1920) (14’)
  • Introduzione (Allegro moderato)
  • Serenata (Larghetto)
  • Aria (Allegro alla breve)
  • Tarantella (Vivace)
  • Minuetto e Finale (Moderato – Molto vivace)
  • Sulkhan Tsintsadze (1925-1991) - Five Pieces on Georgian Folk Themes (1950) (13’)
  • Orovela
  • Chonguri
  • Sachidao (Wrestling Song)
  • Lullaby song
  • Dancing Tune

At the age of 22, Mon-Puo Lee made his Berlin debut at the Philharmonie playing Dvorak Concerto, where he has performed on several occasions since. He also appears regularly in further world-renowned concert halls including the Konzerthaus of Berlin, the National Concert hall of Spain, Wigmore Hall London, the Gasteig of Munich, the National Concert Hall of Taiwan, the Zeneakademia of Budapest, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Tongyeong Concert Hall in South Korea, to name a few.

Mon-Puo studied several years under Natalia Shakhovskaya and Ivan Monighetti in the Queen Sofia Superior Music School. After his studies in Madrid were complete, he continued pursuing Master Studies in the University of the Arts in Berlin under the renewed professor Jens Peter Maintz.

He has collaborated with several orchestras as soloist such as the Berliner Symphoniker, Deutscher Kammerorchester Berlin, Enescu Festival Orchestra, Jenaer Symphoniker, Nüremberg Symphoniker, Chamber orchestra of Andrés Segovia, Tonyeong festival Orchestra, Extremadura Symphony Orchestra, Harbin Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia, Liepaja Amber Sound Symphony Orchestra and the RCSMM Symphony Orchestra.

Mon-Puo has won numerous awards. In 2010 he was honored with the title of “Extraordinary Musician” of his hometown, becoming an ambassador of the culture abroad. From 2012 to 2014, he won several prizes in International Competitions and achievements, including the Davydov Competition in Latvia (I), Brahms Competition in Austria (III) and Pedro Bote Competition in Spain (I). During this time he was also awarded with the diploma for the most outstanding string chamber group of his school, receiving this prize from the hands of Her Majesty the Queen Sofia of Spain. Also the same year he received a scholarship from the Kronberg Academy during the Kronberg Academy Cello Masterclasses. Since 2015 he won the Llanes Cello Competition and the Isang Yun International Cello Competition (2nd prize) in Tongyeong (South Korea). In the same year he was awarded with the first prize in the International Chamber music Bacewicz competition as a cello/piano duo. His success followed by the 3rd Prize in the Enescu Competition in Romania, the best interpretation of Bach in the 2018 Khachaturian Competition, the 29th Chimei award for the arts, and the 5th prize in the Schoenfeld Competition in Harbin (China). Mon-Puo is invited regularly to play chamber music in Festivals and projects. Currently he is playing in the Kelemen Quartet, and his chamber music partners have included Guy Braunstein, Vilde Frang, Clara Jumi Kang, Andreas Ottensamer and Wen-Sinn Yang.

Outside music, Mon-Puo practices Ashtanga and Yin yoga regularly and is studying to become a certified yoga teacher.

American pianist Anna Han is a prize winner of multiple international competitions, including the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Montreal International Piano Competition, New York International Piano Competition, Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, and the Salon de Virtuosi Grant. Since her debut at age 11 with the Chandler Symphony Orchestra, where she performed Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1, she has performed ten other concerti with orchestras across the United States and England, including the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, the MusicaNova Orchestra, and the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra. She has given solo performances in halls in North America, Europe, and Asia, and recorded for the Steinway and Sons label. As a chamber musician, she has performed over eighty concerts with collaborators such as Ida Kavafian, Itzhak Perlman, Randall Goosby, and the Verona Quartet. An alumna of Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall, Perlman Music Program, and the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival Winter Workshop, she is a founding member of the Munin Piano Trio. Her current season includes performances at the Lucerne Festival, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, The Schubert Club, Newport Classical Chamber Series, Performing Arts Houston, the McCarter Theater, and the West Valley Symphony.

Anna began her studies in Arizona with Fei Xu at age 5. She received her Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Robert McDonald. There, she was the first prize winner of the Juilliard Bachauer Competition, the William Schuman Award for outstanding achievement and leadership in music, and the Kovner Fellowship, Juilliard’s highest honor. She then studied with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she won the Sterndale Bennett Prize. She is currently living in Berlin and pursuing her Artist Diploma at the Barenboim-Said Akademie with Sir András Schiff, assisted by Schaghajegh Nosrati. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, filming videos, watching stand-up comedy, and spending time with friends. More information can be found at

About the Dame Myra Hess Concerts

The concerts are generously sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and by individual donors.

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