Shih-Kai Lin, violin
“His interpretation was notable for a keen understanding of the emotional and structural shape of the music… His playing breathed with intensity, drama and solitude.” Houston Chronicle
Shih-Kai Lin is a multi-faceted violinist constantly seeking ways to communicate with audience through music.
As an active performer, Mr. Lin has toured internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral member, and has presented recitals in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Taiwan, and the United States. Among the most recent engagements as a soloist, Mr. Lin has appeared with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Evergreen Symphony (Taiwan), Houston Symphony, Quincy Symphony (MA), and the World Civic Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with such renowned artists such as Paul Biss, Martha Katz, Cho-Liang Lin, Jacques Loussier, Nai-Yuan Hu, Hsin-Yun Huang, and the Sejong Soloists. Mr. Lin has also participated and performed at prestigious festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, and the La Jolla SummerFest.
Mr. Lin was born in Taiwan and started his musical studies at the age of four. He holds both a Bachelor and Master degrees from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Naoko Tanaka and Cho- Liang Lin. Mr. Lin is currently a doctoral candidate of the New England Conservatory where he studies with Miriam Fried.
Tsao-Lun Lu, Cello
Hailed by the critics of The New York Concert review and the Strings Magazine from his recital debut at the Carnegie Hall as being the “most excellent cellist….with genuine musical personality”, Tsao-Lun Lu has a multi-facet career. As a Julliard trained, Yale and Harvard influenced young cellist, Mr.Lu seeks to find new ways of communicating to audiences.
Mr.Lu maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras and his recital and chamber music activities. He draws inspiration from a wide circle of collaborators, creating programs with members of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Paul Neubaower, Ron Thomas, and Nai-Yuan Hu.
Tsao-Lun Lu received his BM from the Juilliard School in 1997, his MM from Yale in 1999, and Artist Diploma from Longy in 2002. He was also the Visiting Scholar of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2001. He was awarded the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Certificate of Merit in 1993, the Aldo Parisot Prize in 1999, National Concert Hall Rising Star audition in 1997, and First prize at the Great Neck competition in 1994. Mr.Lu is currently the Artistic Director of the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Music Program.
Evan Wong, piano
“Evan Wong: Remember that name – a prodigy of the piano.” That's what a critic said about Evan Wong’s sold-out 2009 debut concert in Boston’s Jordan Hall, in which he played Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the NEC Philharmonia. Since then Mr. Wong’s musical artistry, virtuosity and “beautiful sonorities” (Liberal Post, Belgium) have won accolades from audiences in Boston, New York, Chicago, Santa Barbara, Toronto, Brussels, Graz and cultural centers in Holland, Taiwan and Japan.
Upcoming events this year include a debut recital at the Princeton Festival at the Princeton University as part of the “Europe Meets the Americas” series, residencies at the 2014 Perlman and Ravinia Festivals, a return to the National Recital Hall in Taiwan, a concerto debut with the World Civic Orchestra at the National Concert Hall and the Saga Cultural Center in Japan, and recording a professional CD under the KBS label with the winner of the 2012 Hannover Violin Competition, Dami Kim, in Korea.
Mr. Wong is also an avid chamber musician, working with such artists as Donald and Vivian Weilerstein, Masuko Ushioda, Kim Kashkashian, and members of the Boromeo and Takács Quartets. His has also participated in the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival, Kneisel Hall Festival, the Music Academy of the West and the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Mr. Wong is the winner of the 2013 Chi Mei Foundation Artist Award, the 2nd prize winner in the 2013 Jefferson Young Artist Competition, 2009 NEC concerto competition 1st prize winner, and is both the 2007 and 2008 Bicardi Fallon Performing Arts Competition’s top prize winner and scholarship recipient. He was also a finalist in the 2011 New York Koscuizko Chopin Competition and a semi-finalist at the 2010 Concert Artist Guild competition. He has recently been invited to participate in the 2013 Queen Elizabeth Competition.
A former student of Jerome Lowenthal, Russell Sherman, Wha Kyung Byun and Mengchieh Liu, Mr. Wong obtained his M.M and B.M degrees from the Juilliard School and New England Conservatory. After studying in the U.S. for almost 10 years, Evan Wong will continue his musical pursuit in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover under the tutelage of Matti Raekallio.