My Time is Now

My Time is Now

My people are American
George Gershwin
Jascha Heifetz
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
Michael Daugherty
Patrick Harlan
William Bolcom
Alex Brown
Samuel Dushkin
Haerim Elizabeth Lee
Alex Brown
Catalog Number: 
#1 014
new classical
in memoriam

New York, NY

Release Date: 
Sep 27, 2019
Liner Notes: 
1 CD
One Sheet: 

My Time is Now features the first ever recording of George Gershwin’s personal Steinway piano from his New York City apartment since it was recently restored by the Gershwin Initiative at the University of Michigan School of Music.  Inspired by George Gershwin’s quote, “My people are American, my time is today.  Music must repeat the thought and aspirations of the times,” Ms. Lee has created an album to reflect the current times of her generation.  The album celebrates George Gershwin with new arrangements of his unfinished tunes as well as premiere recordings of contemporary works by distinguished American composers, Michael Daugherty, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, William Bolcom and Patrick Harlin who, much like Gershwin, incorporate their own distinctly American musical styles. 

You will hear in the album, some of the current Gershwin music for violin and piano rearranged by Ms. Lee and Mr. Brown as well as improvisation on the part of Mr. Brown, drawing real parallels to the way Mr. Gershwin worked – with fluidity and spontaneity.

Included in the album booklet, are insightful notes from Dr. Mark Clague, Editor-in-chief of the Gershwin Initiative, as well as photographs of the Gershwin brothers that have not been previously publicly released from the Gershwin Archives.

Haerim Elizabeth Lee has been a guest soloist in symphonies with FilharmonieBohuslavaMartinu, Symphony of the Mountains, OrquestaSinfonica de la Unal, Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra,  SNU Virtuosi and Winston-Salem Symphony in North Carolina. Recognized as a bright new star, she was invited to appear in the 38th Kennedy Center Honors concert to recognize Maestro Seiji Ozawa with Yo-Yo Ma (2015). She has chosen to work with Alex Brown, Grammy nominated pianist and composer and Jesse Lewis, Grammy Award winning producer to compile this historic and timely album.



"American classical music is still evolving while honoring where it came from, and this album does both well." [FULL ARTICLE] - Katie Heilman 


"Violinist Lee digs into all of these pieces with an ear for spontaneity, working to channel Gershwin’s nostalgic voice. Alex Brown is in his element, leaving room for his natural improvising." [FULL ARTICLE]


"Lee’s tone is rich and palpable, elegant on the urgent, dark and dramatic respectively on the “Three Preludes” and fun for the buoyant “American In Paris.”" [FULL ARTICLE]