Private Instrument and Voice Lessons
- Private lessons are available for Western and Chinese instruments as well as for voice
- Students participate in performances and/or competitions as a soloist or in a chamber group
Flute / Piccolo / Music Composition - Joshua Hahn
Primary Instruction: Flute, piccolo, music theory and composition
Joshua is a flutist, composer and improviser who frequently gives premiere performances of work by friends, colleagues and teachers. He completed a Master of Music at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music and a BA in music at Tufts University. His flute teachers have included Nina Barwell, Suzanne Duffy and Jill Felber.
Joshua first discovered new music's communicative power as an engineering major at Tufts, convincing him to compose music while keeping a minor in mathematics. His undergraduate studies included writing his first opera and learning to perform in many non-Western traditions. Attending Rice University, Joshua deepened his focus on the conceptual aspects of composition, aiming for clarity, immediacy, and precision. Through learning and applying the techniques of electro-acoustic composition, Joshua has re-embraced his background in engineering and mathematics while furthering his musical objectives. Joshua is also a devoted researcher and theorist, graduating from Tufts with a BA in Music summa cum laude and receiving the Etta and Harry Winokur Award for Outstanding Achievement in Artistic or Scholarly Work.
Violin / Piano - Amber Cheung
Primary Instruction: Violin, Piano
An active musician with multiple orchestras and ensembles, violinist Amber Cheung’s list of awards and honors includes First Place of the Clear Lake Symphony Concerto Competition (2004), Third Place of the Virtuosi of Houston Concerto Competition (2004, 2005), Prize Winner of the Houston Young Artist Concert (2003), Audition Winner of the Texas All-State Orchestra (2004, 2005) and Fellow of the Texas Music Festival (2003).
Ms. Cheung’s extensive orchestral appointments include concertmaster with the Longy Conservatory Orchestra (2005-2011), the Virtuosi of Houston Orchestra, principal second violinist with the Orford Academy Orchestra, and the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra, as well as violinist with the Boston Philharmonic, the Boston Civic Symphony, the Atlantic Symphony and the Harvard Musical Association Orchestra. She has performed at landmark venues and concerts, including the Esplanade in Singapore, the Fringe Club in Hong Kong, and at the Houston Young Artist Concerts.
At the age of four, Ms Cheung started her musical training in piano. She was a prize winner in the Houston Music Teachers Association piano contests, and was on the honor roll of the National Piano Playing Auditions of the American College of Musicians for many years. After high school, she continued to study piano at the conservatory level. Ms. Cheung received her Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance with Pedagogy Emphasis and her Undergraduate Diploma in Violin Performance with Distinction both from the Longy School of Music. She studied violin with Laura Bossert, and piano as a second instrument with Hugh Hinton. Ms. Cheung is a former participant of various summer music programs, including LyricaFest, Quartet Program, Encore School for Strings, Heifetz International Music Institute, and Texas Music Festival.
Violin - Quan Yuan
Primary Instruction: Violin
First prize winner of China International Young Artist Competition in 2006, Quan Yuan has shown himself to be an accomplished and versatile young soloist. He is the winner of the 2006 Delaware Symphony Orchestra young artist competition, winner of the 2000 Denmark International Young Artist Competition, second prize winner of the 2001 China Classical Sonata Competition and the 2001 Central Conservatory of Music Violin Competition.
Mr. Yuan has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall of New York City, Canada's Calgary Leacock Hall, Beijing Music Hall, Field Concert Hall in Philadelphia and Jordan Hall in Boston. He has played concertos with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, the China Youth Chamber Orchestra, Promusica Symphony Orchestra, Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, the Taipei Youth Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Yuan gave a tour in New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Vancouver in 1996 and recorded two CDs for China Record Corporation.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Yuan has performed with Jaime Laredo, Joseph Silverstein and Roberto Diaz. His coaches have included members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, Emerson, Tokyo, Takacs, and Juilliard String Quartets. Mr. Yuan also gave master classes in Taipei and Beijing in 2006.
Born in Beijing, China, 1984, Mr. Yuan began his violin studies at age 4 with Muyun Yang. At age 13, he studied with Wei Zhao in the Central Conservatory of Music. After graduating with special distinction, he traveled to the United States to become a student of Joseph Silverstein at the Curtis Institute of Music. Mr. Yuan has graduated from Curtis and continued his studying with Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Violin - Li Lao
Primary Instruction: Violin
Violinist Li Lao made her debut at 8 years old in Beijing,China. Miss Lao took master classes from Gidon Kremer, Ruggiero Ricci, Itzhak Perlman, Vadim Repin. At age of 13, she was invited to perform Mendelssohn's E minor violin concerto as a soloist with the China Beijing Symphony Orchestra at Beijing Concert Hall. The performing career took off following her first debut with the orchestra. The world's best known violinist Gidon Kremer felt very excited after listening to Miss Lao's playing. He said, "She will become a great violinist in the world. She's got everything a great violinist needs ... a beautiful tone, great technical skills and passion!"
Miss Lao has concertized over China, North America and Europe as a recitalist and as a soloist with orchestras including the Cincinnati Concert Orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Cincinnati College Philharmonic, the Xiamen Symphony Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Youth Orchestra, Starling Artaria Ensemble and many others. She has collaborated with maestros Jorge Ledezma Bradley, Xiaoying Zheng, Elizabeth Schulze,Mark Gibson, Guoyong Zhang, Yang Yang, Lin Chen, and Mei'ru Guan. She has appeared on Chinese and American national radio and newspapers.
Miss Lao is a winner of several competitions, including the First Prize of Hudson Valley string competition (2009, New York), the First prize of College Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati concerto competition, the Great Wall International Music Academy Concerto Competition (2007), the Special Prize for "Excellent Young Contestant" at the China International violin competition (2005, Qing Dao), the First prize of China Central Conservatory violin competition and the Special Prize for the best Chinese work contestant (2001), the Third Prize of China National Violin Art Competition, the National Violin Competition.
As participant in summer music festivals, Miss Lao has been invited to attend the "Itzhak Perlman" Music Academy, Meadowmount Summer Camp in New York, "Yellow Barn" Summer Academy and "Great Wall "International Music Academy. As an orchestra musician, she has served as concertmaster and concertmaster assistant in the "Itzhak Perlman" Music Academy, Great Wall International Academy, New England Conservatory Philharmonic and CCM Concert Orchestra.
Miss Lao was born in China in October 1987. She attended the Elementary and Middle Schools of the Central Conservatory of Music from 1998 to 2006, studying with Prof. Yaoji Lin. In September 2006, she won the full Starling scholarship to study at College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where she studied with Prof. Kurt Sassmannshaus. In May 2012, She received her Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston,USA. She won a full scholarship to pursue her Master of Music at New England Conservatory under Prof. Donald Weilerstein.