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Cellist Trey Lee and Credit Suisse Announce Partnership

Internationally acclaimed cellist Trey Lee and the leading global financial services company Credit Suisse have announced a partnership which will support Mr Lee's concerts and charitable initiatives.

Credit Suisse will now become a Lead Partner for 2015's Musicus Fest and Musicus Heritage community concert series, organised by Trey Lee's Hong Kong-based charity Musicus Society with the mission to promote music and its education through cross-cultural collaboration.

Each year, Musicus Fest presents distinguished musicians from Hong Kong and across the world as they collaborate side-by-side in concerts and community events. This autumn, it will present more than 50 esteemed musicians from eight countries, with internationally celebrated artists performing jointly with local rising stars and participating in community activities.

With the support of Credit Suisse this year, Musicus Society will also extend its Musicus Heritage community concert series, which present concerts at a selection of Hong Kong's unique historical sites while making a direct connection with the local community through a carefully curated music program which reflects the cultural significance of these surroundings.

"I am delighted to announce this collaboration with Credit Suisse, a company that shares my vision for advancing the reach of the arts across Asia and the world," said Mr Lee. "These are exciting times for music in the region and we look forward to announcing on September 10 our stellar line-up of artists and programs for this year's Musicus Fest and Musicus Heritage in Hong Kong."

Commenting on the partnership, Tee Fong Seng, Vice Chairman for Private Banking Asia Pacific, and Market Area Head Greater China for Private Banking at Credit Suisse, said: “At Credit Suisse, we see social responsibility as one of our core values. Promoting talented youngsters in arts is one of the focal points of the firm’s sponsorship philosophy. We are proud to support outstanding musicians like Trey, who has been one of the artists who has performed at the Credit Suisse Emerging Artists Series. Through our partnership with Trey and Musicus Society, Credit Suisse hopes to bring to our clients and the community in Greater China the best of classical music from both local and international artists, the good cause of nurturing young musicians, and our commitment in promoting culture and heritage in the community.”

Credit Suisse is a long-time supporter of the arts and culture with a strong commitment to their promotion and development worldwide.In the field of classical music, the bank supports four world-famous cultural institutions: The New York Philharmonic, Beijing Music Festival, Bolshoi Theatre and Sydney Symphony. Developing young talent is also an integral part of Credit Suisse’s sponsorship strategy. Credit Suisse works with institutions that have increasingly become a springboard to a career for young artists. The best examples of this are the Lucerne Festival, where the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award and the Prix Credit Suisse JeunesSolistes are conferred in alternating years. In Hong Kong, Credit Suisse was the title sponsor of Hong Kong Arts Festival’s “Emerging Artists Series” from 2009 to 2014, at which Mr Lee was one of the artists presented.

Heralded by the late conductor Lorin Maazel as a “marvellous protagonist” and a “superb cellist”, Mr Lee has performed across the globe in prestigious concert halls and at major events. Most recently, Mr Lee was featured at the launch of the Imagine Project alongside Yoko Ono, Hugh Jackman and ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus as they celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Mr Lee founded Musicus Society in an effort to create opportunities for young musicians in Hong Kong and beyond. “Our past concerts and educational programs have showcased the talent that is out there in Asia and we are committed to giving the next generation of young talents the opportunity to develop their skills” said Mr Lee.