Emerald City Music is a chamber music series based in Upper Left USA: Seattle and Olympia, Washington. Our fresh approach to classical music brings world-renowned musicians to new audiences in the Puget Sound, with concerts in coffeeshops as well as concert halls.
Artistic Director Kristin Lee and Executive Director Andrew Goldstein met while working together at a California chamber music festival in 2011. Sharing a passion for high-caliber chamber music, they began dreaming of a music series in the Pacific Northwest in early 2014. Their vision was to freshen the chamber music experience, while still holding true to a high level of artistic excellence.
After a year of research (and admittedly, lots of coffee), Kristin and Andrew decided to build a home for chamber music in Seattle and Olympia – two cities where they believed that a chamber music series could change lives.
The first "business pitch" they created read, "Music is love, passion, joy, and the foundation of everything we do. Seattle is a growing city of passionate, culture-seeking individuals. Emerald City Music, then, becomes a destination where friends meet over great music and artist gather from around the world to make music together."
Kristin and Andrew picked the name "Emerald City Music" knowing that they were building a home for all music lovers, not just people who already appreciate classical music. That, combined with ECM's tireless mantra of "fresh approach", is what inspires the organization's small-but-mighty team; the joy of sharing this incredible genre of music among friends.
Emerald City Music was incorporated on June 13, 2015, and became a federal 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The first season of concerts is coming in September 2016, and we can't wait for the moment where "our story" becomes your story too.
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Named the recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Korean-American violinist Kristin Lee has been praised by The Strad for her “mastery of tone,” and “one of the most satisfying concerts in years.” A violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique, Ms. Lee enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. Read more...
As the Artistic Administrator for cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, Andrew Goldstein worked on such projects as Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute - internationally renowned for its high standard of artistic excellence - and Chamber Music Today in Seoul South Korea. He also managed two classical music record labels: ArtistLed and Music@Menlo LIVE. Andrew has worked for an array of other arts institutions, including Seattle Opera, The New 42nd Street Studios, Waterbury Symphony, and others. Read more...