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THE SCOOP | Ensemble Made In Canada Welcomes New Cello

By Michael Vincent on June 19, 2020

Trey Lee (Photo courtesy of Ensemble Made in Canada)
Trey Lee (Photo courtesy of Ensemble Made in Canada)

Ensemble Made in Canada (EMIC) has named cellist Trey Lee as a full member.

Trey replaces founding member Rachel Mercer, who performed with the group for over 11 seasons. Mercer, who left the group in January 2020, will be focusing her time on other projects, including her role as Principal Cello of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.

“From the beginning, it was clear that we share a common musical language and Trey’s temperament really fits the group, said Elissa Lee. “Trey also adds a new spice into the ensemble, with his fresh ideas and gorgeous lyricism, and we feel very inspired. Also on the road, touring with Trey was a real blast, and he has a real talent for finding delicious food and restaurants!”

Lee joined EMIC for selected Mosaique Project performances including a tour of the prairies in January/February 2019, which included concerts in northern communities Snow Lake and Norway House. He also joined EMIC this year in January 2020 on their most recent performances in British Columbia.

EMIC on plane from Norway House during Tour January/February 2019 (Photo courtesy of Ensemble Made in Canada)
EMIC on plane from Norway House during Tour January/February 2019 (Photo courtesy of Ensemble Made in Canada)

As a soloist, Trey has also performed with BBC Philharmonic, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Trondheim Soloists, and the chamber orchestras of London UK, Stuttgart, Munich and Romanian Radio. He was a featured artist with The IMAGINE Project with Yoko Ono, Hugh Jackman and ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the UN General Assembly Hall.

Lee has studied at Juilliard, Harvard, the New England Conservatory, Madrid’s Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia, and the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne. He plays a 1703 “Comte de Gabriac” cello by Matteo Goffriller and is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

EMIC’s official line up is now: Elissa Lee (violin), Sharon Wei (viola), Trey Lee (cello) and Angela Park (piano).

Their official debut as a new ensemble will be an online performance on July 1/Canada Day. Details soon to be announced, here.


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