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Xueao Yang

Xueao Yang began studying the violin at the age of four. At the age of twelve, she was accepted into the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Xueao has served as guest Principal Second violin of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and as Concertmaster of the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra. She has also played with Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, Opera Carolina, Carolina Philharmonic and McGill Chamber Orchestra.

 

Xueao has particpated in Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival, Zodiac Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the prestigious Pacific Music Festival. Xueao was a recipient of Lloyd Carr-Harris String Scholarship, HP Robert Fung scholarship, Bill&Judy Watson Scholarship, DC Hanes Scholarship, Williamson Foundation Scholarship and John G.Welch Scholarship. She has performed in solo masterclasses for Donald Weilerstein, Daniel Philips and James Ehnes. Xueao received her Artist Certificate in violin Performance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and earned her Bachelor's and Master's degree from McGill University with outstanding achievement in violin.  Her prinicpal teachers include Weidong Tong, Ying Xu, Kevin Lawrence, Violaine Melancon, Felicia Moye and Denise Lupien. As a violin teacher, she has taught at the West Island Conservatory of Music, Vivalti Music Academy and Long&McQuade in Montreal.

Kenneth Kwan, Violin

Kenneth Kwan

A Native of Hong Kong, Kenneth started with piano but quickly found his passion in violin at the age of six. He was then accepted to the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan at the age of 13 and subsequently went to the Peabody Institute of music.

 

As an experienced chamber and orchestral musician, Kenneth has played in orchestras around North America. He has held substitute positions with multiple orchestras such as the  Lancaster and Mid-Atlantic Symphony. In 2018 Kenneth played one year at the Thunder Bay Symphony and joined the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for the 2019-20 Season. While maintaining a performance career, Kenneth has always been passionate about teaching. He has taught at the Beckett School of music at the Laurier University and Bridge to Music program for the K-W Symphony. 

 

Kenneth obtained his Bachelor of music and Graduate performance diploma from the Peabody Institute of music. He then moved to Canada to complete his master’s degree at McGill University where he was awarded the H.P Fung Fellowship. Kenneth’s principal teachers include Dennis Kim, Violaine Melancon, Felica Moye and Denise Lupien.

Lance Ouellette, Violin

Lance Ouellette

Lance Ouellette has been a featured soloist, chamber player, and orchestral musician across Canada sharing his love for music with audiences for over twenty years. He has worked for film, radio, and television studios in a variety of productions for organizations such as the CBC, NPR, and Showtime.

Currently Lance holds the position of Associate Concertmaster for the KitchenerWaterloo Symphony Orchestra and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Concertmaster position for the Spiritus Ensemble.

 

As an educator, Lance teaches violin for the University of Waterloo and has a keen interest in giving private violin lessons using the online teaching method. He has collaborated with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as a mentor and masterclass clinician. Having won top awards in both the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals and the Canadian Music Competition, Lance now serves as an adjudicator for both organizations travelling across the nation passing on the yearly tradition. 

Aside from classical music, Lance enjoys utilizing current technology to find new ways to express the joy of music. By using the electric violin, effect pedals, and a variety of synthesizers and sequencers, the usual range of what is “possible” on the violin is expanded through experimentation. Showing others how to Produce and Record new projects provides a creative outlet that challenges the “Traditional” concept of what it means to play the violin.

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Jung  Tsai

A native of Taipei, Taiwan, violinist Jung Tsai gave her first solo performance in National Concert Hall in Taipei in 1994. She has won 3rd prize in Taiwan Chamber Orchestra Competition and was chosen by the school to give performances in the “Young Concert Artists Concert Series” while she attended High School division affiliated Tainan National University of Arts. She made her debut playing Brahms Violin Concerto with Mannes Community Orchestra and New York Doctor Orchestra in 2011 for the winner of Mannes Community Orchestra Solo Competition. In addition to solo performances, Ms. Tsai is also an intensive orchestral and chamber musician. Ms. Tsai had joined Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in 2013-2015 and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in 2012-2014 and served as assistant concertmaster during the year of 2012-2013. She was invited to Schleswig-Holstein and Britten-Pears Music Festival. In the year of 2015, her string quartet (Pavo) was invited to Festival de Música de Santa Catarina in Brazil for the string quartet program under the guidance of Arianna String Quartet and has won the honorable mention in Plowman Chamber Music competition. She has recently won the Lumiarts Fellowship of string category for year 2015. In the past years, she has attended several festivals and had masterclasses with Mikhail Kopelman, James Buswell, Helmut Zehetmair, Josef Silverstein, Ivry Gitlis, Martin Beavor, Vadim Gluzman, Chee-Yun, and Gerardo Ribeiro.

 

Ms. Tsai received Bachelor of Music Performance at Mannes College where she studied with Prof. Nina Beilina and Master Degree in Music Performance in DePaul School of music with Prof. Ilya Kaler.  She recently graduated with an Artist Diploma at McGill Schulich School of Music with Prof. Axel Strauss.

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