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Biography

Ensemble 212 (two-one-two) is making a tremendous impact in New York’s classical music scene. Since its inception, they have performed an eclectic mix of repertoire from the Baroque era to the 21st century in chamber music, ensemble, and orchestra concerts. This collective of talented musicians has received critical acclaim for their innovative programming of works by living composers such as Mohammed Fairouz, Huang Ruo, Daniel Felsenfeld, Ke-Chia Chen, Texu Kim, Nina C. Young & Jeffrey Mumford, exciting interpretations of the standard repertoire, and arrangements and transcriptions by Founder and Artistic Director Yoon Jae Lee. Together, they have performed at diverse venues such as Merkin Concert Hall, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, New York City Center, The Stone curated by John Zorn, and the Good Shepherd-Faith Church at Lincoln Center.

Three vital projects consist of Ensemble 212’s focus: The Young Artist Competition series to provide solo opportunities for emerging artists with a professional orchestra, The “New Music for Young Audiences” series dedicated to the educational outreach of new music, and “Cultural Convergences”, a dynamic series of performances merging interdisciplinary and multicultural art forms. An innovation Ensemble 212 introduced to enhance the concert experience was the use of live program notes projected on a large screen, offering audiences analytical insight into the music in real time.

In recognition for its contribution to excellence in New York’s diverse cultural scene, Ensemble 212 has been featured on 105.9 FM WQXR’s Q2 Music program and on BBC News Magazine. They were also acknowledged by 93.9 FM WNYC & WQXR’s Salute The Arts *STAR* Initiative and awarded funding from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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