PIANO - VIOLIN - VIOLA
Chi Lee has enjoyed performing as an orchestral and chamber musician
throughout the world. Chi holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and a master’s degree from Rice University. Her mentors include members of the Chicago Symphony, the Houston Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, American String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Chi joined the Richmond Symphony Orchestra as associate principal viola in
2018. She has performed in leading concert halls throughout the world such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Musik-und Kongresshalle Lübeck, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Admiralspalast Berlin, and Snapes Proms. Her performances in international festivals include the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Rendsburg, Germany, the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme in Aldeburgh, United Kingdom, Bard Music Festival, and Asian Youth
Orchestra, where she toured to Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, and Shanghai. Chi was a fellow of The Orchestra Now from 2016 to 2018 where she regularly performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. As a chamber musician, Chi is a founding member of the Florestan String Quartet, based in New York. The Florestan String Quartet has toured Taiwan, performing throughout the country in concerts and educational workshops for students. She has been teaching faculty at the Bard College Conservatory Preparatory Division and the Amadeus Music School in New York City. She was awarded the Best Teacher Award from the KRB NY International Competition in
2012 and was winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition in 2013.
Pianist and Conductor Shun Yao has been praised for his "natural affinity with music" and "dedication for his art".
Mr. Yao grew up in the city of New York. He studied piano with Nina Svetlanova at Manhattan School of Music and worked with other prestigious artist such as Nikolai Demidenko, Boris Slutsky, and Jerome Rose. He was often acknowledged for his rich tone and innate sense of timing. Performances took him to various venues around the city. Subsequently, he earned his Master's degree at Rice University in Houston.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Yao has been coached by members of Tokyo Quartet and Medici Quartet, among others. He has also collaborated with singers from Seattle Opera and National Operas, as well as members of Houston Symphony. Taking on the spirit of collaboration and adventure, Mr. Yao has committed himself to orchestral conducting since 2018. His mentors include prominent figures such as Robert Spano of Atlanta Symphony, David Zinman of Zurich Orchestra, and Jorma Panula of Sibelius Academy in Finland. He has worked with ensembles in London, Italy, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, and across the US, and premiered works by Moni Guo and Benjamin Morris. During the coronavirus pandemic, he organized the first virtual orchestra project at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Mr. Yao always finds great joy in teaching. Whether it's one-on-one piano and music theory lessons or working with student orchestras, whether it's guiding children to find the middle C on the keyboard or helping young professionals to prepare for orchestra auditions, he is always driven by the satisfaction of sharing his passion for music.
Taiwanese pianist Wanching Liu has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Asia. She has been heard in New York, Washington DC, Maryland, Beijing, and Taipei. She earned her Master Degree and Graduate Performance Diploma under the guidance of Alexander Shtarkman at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She was a recipient of Taiwanese American Charity and Education Scholarship in 2014.
Wanching is currently a Doctor of Music Arts candidate in Piano Performance at the University of Maryland, studying with Larissa Dedova.
Pianist Dr. Heqing Huang has appeared in recitals at Florida, California, New York, Iowa, among other states. As a soloist, Dr. Huang has performed with The University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, Symphony of the Vines, Lynn Phiharmonia and Ars flores symphony orchestra .
Dr. Huang earned his DMA in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa under Dr. Uriel Tsachor and served as teaching assistant to the school of music. He had a studio of 20 students and taught group piano classes for both major/non-major students at the University of Iowa. He also taught at the Pre-College Piano Conservatory at UI.
Mr. Huang’s competition achievements include: First prize in the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota piano competition with Virginia B. Toulmin Award (2014), Ars flores young artist concerto competition(2011), First prize in “HAILUN” National Piano Competition (2007 Sichuan Subdivision), special prize in the 1st National Youth Piano Competition held by the China Culture Ministry (2009), Finalist in the 4th Wiesbaden International Piano Competition in Germany (2009) and Finalist in both Chautauqua International Piano Solo and Concerto Competition, New York (2013/2016).
He had master classes with Leon Fleisher, John Perry and Jon Kimura Parker.
Ms. Song received the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from The Catholic University of America. She has won several competitions, including the Young Artist Competition (Gaithersburg), the Piano Concerto Competition of Maryland State Music Teachers Association, the DC Federation of Music Clubs competition, the Luciana Montanari Mendola Award, the Friday Morning Music Club Piano Competition and the Catholic University of America Concerto Competition. Ms. Song has also been a student at masterclasses of The Washington International Piano Series, given by well-known pianists Igor Lebedev, Professor Changxin Guan and Professor Murray McClachlan. She recently performed Frederic Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the CUA Symphony Orchestra, and also as a chamber orchestra pianist in an opera world premiere in Puerto Rico.
Viktoria began studying piano at the age of 6 at Music School in Russia St. Petersburg. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Theory from Music College of Rimsky-Korsakov in St. Petersburg Russia and earned her Master’s degree in Music Education and Curriculum Development from St. Petersburg State Pedagogical Institute of Herzen – St. Petersburg, Russia. Viktoria has taught students of all levels and ages, teaching skills ranging from basic scales to classical sonatas to modern jazz. She also has plenty of experience teaching music appreciation, music theory, and ensemble music. Over the course of her career, Viktoria has learned that compassion, communication, and encouragement are just as essential to imparting technique and musical knowledge.