General Admission Tickets Go on Sale June 1st

1058 Island Creek Rd. Lake Lure, NC


Lake Lure Music Festival


Lake Lure Music Festival


June 22nd • 5:30 pm · Lake Lure Classical Academy Raptor Center

No children under 5 admitted.


June 22nd • 5:30 pm · Lake Lure Classical Academy Raptor Center

No children under 5 admitted.

Lake Lure Music Festival Tickets

About Us

Violinist Chee-Yun


Since her first public performance at age 8 in her native Seoul, violinist Chee-Yun has enraptured audiences on five continents with her flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry. Since winning the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1989 and the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, she has performed regularly with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra; the London Philharmonic; and the Toronto, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and National symphony orchestras; and with such distinguished conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Jaap van Zweden, Neeme Järvi, and Manfred Honeck. 

Her orchestral highlights include a concert with the Seoul Philharmonic conducted by Myung-Whun Chung that was broadcast on national network television, a benefit for UNESCO with the Orchestra of St. Lukes at Avery Fisher Hall, and her tours of the United States with the San Francisco Symphony and Japan with the NHK Symphony. Past orchestral engagements include her return to the Dallas Symphony, and performances with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony. 

A gifted recitalist, Chee-Yun has performed in all the major US cities, including appearances at the Kennedy Center, the Mostly Mozart Festival’s tour to Japan, a performance with Michael Tilson Thomas in the inaugural season of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, and the US premiere of the Penderecki Sonata No. 2. 

In 2016, Chee-Yun  performed  as a guest artist for the Secretary General at the United Nations in celebration of Korea’s National Foundation Day and the 25th Anniversary of South Korea joining the UN. Firmly committed to chamber music, Chee-Yun’s seven discs on the Denon label and one on the Naxos label have received exceptional acclaim, and she has been heard frequently on NPR’s Performance Today and on WQXR and WNYC radio in New York City. 

In 1993, Chee-Yun performed at the White House for President Bill Clinton and his guests honoring the recipients of the National Medal of the Arts. Chee-Yun plays the 1669 Francesco Rugeri violin, which she's owned since 1991. 

Clarinetist mark nuccio


The NY Times Critics have praised clarinetist Mark Nuccio for his solo, orchestral, and chamber appearances, describing him as “the evening’s highlight,” full of “mystery and insight” and “shaping his phrases beautifully with a rich, expressive tone.” 

Mr. Nuccio joined the New York Philharmonic in 1999 as Associate Principal and Solo E-flat Clarinetist and recently served as Acting Principal Clarinet with the New York Philharmonic for four years from 2009-2013. Prior to his service with the Philharmonic, he has held positions with  orchestras in Pittsburgh, Denver, Savannah, and Florida working with distinguished conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Alan Gilbert, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, André Previn, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Gustavo Dudamel. 

An active soloist and chamber musician, he made his Carnegie Hall New York recital debut in 2001, his subscription solo debut with the New York Philharmonic on Feb. 10, 2010 and returned to perform the Copland Concerto with the Philharmonic under the baton of Alan Gilbert on May 31 and June 1 of 2013. In New York, he can often be heard at Merkin Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y, Carnegie Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

As a studio musician, Mr. Nuccio is featured on numerous movie soundtracks, including Failure To Launch, The Last Holiday, The Rookie, The Score, Intolerable Cruelty, Alamo, Pooh’s Heffalump, Hitch, The Manchurian Candidate, and various television commercials. Additionally, he has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and on the 2003 Grammy Awards. His own debut album 

featuring the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms, Opening Night, was released in November 2006.

A Colorado native, Mr. Nuccio was recently awarded the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from his alma mater the University of Northern Colorado, a very selective honor bestowed on an elite group of 200 alumnus. He also holds a masterʼs degree from Northwestern University where he studied with renowned pedagogue Robert Marcellus. 

Pianist Scott Cuellar


In reviewing pianist Scott Cuellar’s debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, David LaMarche of the New York Concert Review described his performance as “virtuosic in scope and expression, like a great man of the theater,” and praised his “ability to illuminate both the external structure and the emotional core of the work he plays.” 

He has been described by Cleveland Classical as possessing “nerves of steel, a formidable technique, and an architect’s understanding of structure.” The San Antonio Express-News praised his “luxuriant exploration” of Liszt’s First Piano Concerto, adding that his “technique was clean, his melodies and cadenzas were expressive, but most noticeable was his keyboard fluidity.” 

Mr. Cuellar won the gold medal at the 2016 San Antonio International Piano Competition, where he also received prizes for the best performance of both a Romantic work (Schumann’s Humoreske), as well as of a Russian work (Prokofiev’s 4th Sonata). He was the 1st place winner in the solo division of the 2013 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, where he also took 2nd place in the concerto division, and was the winner of the Krenek Prize for the best performance of a sonata by Ernst Krenek. Additionally, he was the 3rd place winner of the 2016 New Orleans International Piano Competition, the winner of both the Rice and Oberlin concerto competitions, and was a semifinalist in both the 2017 Seoul International Piano Competition and the 2015 Honens Piano Competition. 


He has given solo recitals at major venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Bösendorfersaal, the Newport Music Festival, the Polytheatre Chongqing and the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China,

Mr. Cuellar has performed with many of the world’s great artists, including violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Jennifer Koh and Chee-Yun, violists Aloysia Friedmann and Hsin-Yun Huang, cellists Desmond Hoebig and Beth Rapier, clarinetists Mark Nuccio and Ilya Shterenberg, bass-baritone Timothy Jones, and many others. 

Mr. Cuellar holds a Master of Music from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Julian Martin, and holds a Bachelor's from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Alvin Chow. 

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