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Soloist Spotlight: Justin Lee

TCS: Tell us a little something fun about yourself that isn't in your bio?

JL: I'm really into watch collecting and the study of horology!!

TCS: How did you come to choose your instrument?

JL: My father was a bassist, When I was 12 years old I heard the 60s rock band Vanilla Fudge on my dads old record player. I was hooked!

TCS: Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music?

JL: I played Bach Air on G string when I was 16 with a flute choir on electric bass, I went straight home told my parents I want to be a musician.

TCS: What has been your proudest moment or moments in music so far?

JL: Playing Caroline or Change on Broadway and teaching at JP Stevens High School!

TCS: What have been the biggest challenges of your career so far?

JL: Balancing teaching, practicing, and being the best father I can be to my two daughters Linnea and Agatha.

TCS:What has been the funniest onstage moment you've seen or have experienced?

JL: In elementary school I didn't get the memo on the dress code. I wore the wrong outfit on stage.

TCS: When was your first TCS concert? What brought you to the group?

JL: About 5 years ago. TCS is so fun to play in. So many talented people are in this group, it's an honor to share the stage with all of them!

TCS: Do you have any favorite TCS memories?

JL: Yes!! Performing with the BBC pop up Orchestra in times square for the premier of BLUE PLANET II.

TCS: What keeps you coming back to play with TCS?

JL: The people!! The conductors!! Everyone is amazing!!

TCS: What sets TCS apart from other orchestras?

JL: TCS is a democratic orchestra , Everyone plays a role and contributes to musical excellence!

TCS: Who are your favorite musicians, past and/or present?

JL: Avishai Cohen, Ray Brown, Rufus Reid, Edgar Meyer.

TCS: What do you carry with you in your instrument case?

JL: Water and gum :)

TCS: What is your ideal day of practice?

JL: I love to practice around 5:30 am everyday, before my kids wake up. Its the only time I have to myself.

TCS: What do you do to set yourself up for success on the day of an important performance?

JL: Relax, have fun, it's just music :)

TCS:Why did you choose to perform this this piece with TCS?

JL: Jeff Beal's concerto makes the orchestra really groove!! It's a lot of fun to play and I hope the musicians enjoyed it!!

TCS: What are some things you learned while preparing?

JL: Six-string Electric bass can be challenging. Improvising on this new instrument was very different.

TCS: Did anything about the piece surprise you?

JL: Yes, the inner harmonics and soloing in 6/4 time !!

TCS: Do you have a favorite recording of this piece?

JL: Yes John Patitucci, Heart of the Bass