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Kia-Hui Tan, violin

Date: March 4, 2007 PST Location: Evans Music Auditorium

Evans Music Auditorium

Sunday, March 4, 7:30 PM
Evans Auditorium

Violinist Kia-Hui Tan has performed as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician on five continents including at London’s Barbican Hall and New York’s Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. Described in The Strad as a “violinist whose virtuosity was astonishing,” she has broadcast live on radio, television and the internet, recorded soundtracks for film and theater, and freelanced with many orchestras in the UK and USA, often as concertmaster. A keen advocate of new music, she has performed music of more than 40 living composers and premiered over two dozen solo and chamber works, some of which have been released on CD.

Prior to her appointment as Assistant Professor of Violin at The Ohio State University School of Music in 2005, Tan had served as faculty at Cornell University, University of Toledo, The Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Music School Settlement, and the International Summer Music Festival and School in Colombia. She frequently accepts invitations to present master classes, adjudicate competitions/auditions, and guest conduct youth/college orchestras. Continually expanding her solo repertoire of approximately 200 works, she particularly enjoys collaborating with composers and presenting new or unjustly neglected masterpieces. Her current research and performing interests include the complete works of Eugene Ysaÿe and the vastly unexplored repertory for unaccompanied solo violin.

Tan studied piano, violin, music theory and composition from an early age in her native country Singapore and earned the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (UK) diploma at age fourteen. She was awarded scholarships to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London, UK) and The Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was conferred the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2001. She has won numerous prizes for violin, chamber music, new music and academic scholarship, and attended various summer camps in the USA (Encore, Meadowmount and Norfolk), UK (Britten-Pears/Aldeburgh and IMS/Prussia Cove) and Japan (Pacific Music Festival). Her principal teachers included David Takeno, David Updegraff and Stephen Shipps.

Please contact Michael Johanson in the Music Department for more details, johanson@lclark.edu


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