Violin / Ping-Yu Chuang
Ms. Chuang Ping-Yu received her Doctor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota in February 2007. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree at National Kaohsiung Normal University in 2000, Ms. Chuang promptly enrolled herself in the University of Minnesota for her Master’s and Doctor’s degrees. She studied violin under the tutelage of Professor Young-Nam Kim (who studied under renowned violinist Louis Krasner), the founder and artistic director of Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. Ms. Chuang received full scholarship for her studies in the U.S. and served as a teaching assistant for Professor Kim.
Ms. Chuang’s performance in violin solo and string quartets has received critical acclaim from Robert Mann, Juilliard String Quartet’s first violin. She has been praised as “an exceptionally gifted and passionate violinist.” After going through a series of highly competitive master class selection, Ms. Chuang has proven herself talented enough to receive instruction from Joseph Silverstein (violin professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music) and pianist Frances Renzi.
In 2003, Ms. Chuang was appointed as the first violin in the Mississippi Valley Orchestra and her musical prowess deeply impressed conductor Edward Schlueter. She was asked to stay as the first violin in subsequent years (until 2006) and performed renowned pieces such as Pablo Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy and Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto in the following year.
Chamber music has been one of the key subject of study during Ms. Chuang’s study in the U.S. Due to the numerous collaborations with her instructor and other world renowned musicians on a yearly basis, Ms. Chuang not only has accumulated profound experience in the performance of chamber music but her repertoire has also grown to cover different musical styles and contemporary music. She was invited to perform in the concerts by the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota as an “outstanding young musician” and has worked with numerous prestigious musicians, including members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, renowned contemporary composers, vocalists and even Joe Lovano, a legendary saxophone player in the United States. In 2003, Ms. Chuang was invited to take part of a tour performance with the Black Angels – for Electric String Quartet founded by renowned contemporary composer George Crumb. Crumb attended the quartet’s premier in Minnesota and highly acknowledged Ms. Chuang’s performance. During her stay in the U.S., Ms. Chuang was invited by the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute on several occasions to give demonstrations at music camps. In 2006, Ms. Chuang represented the University of Minnesota at the Elliott Carter Festival (jointly organized with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra) as the first violin in the string quartet. The Editor of Star Tribune praised Ms. Chuang’s performance with a description on the beauty of her interpretation of Elegy.
After her return to Taiwan in 2007, Ms. Chuang was invited to be a member of the string quartet along with Professors Arkady Kutchinsky, Gregory Lee and Chao Yi-Wen from Tunghai University to perform at the Metropolitan Hall Taipei in the Night of Opera event organized by Tunghai University. In addition, Ms. Chuang also worked with Professor Kutchinsky in teaching Tianyun Children’s Chamber Music Ensemble for a concert and solo performance at Taichung Zhongshan Hall on December 29. In 2008, Ms. Chuang gave her first solo recital after her return to Taiwan at Shinmin Senior High School’s Concert Hall in Taichung, and the event was met with overwhelming positive response. In 2009, Ms. Chuang passed her acceptance exam to become a resident artist at National Taiwan University of Arts and she was invited to give a solo recital in Chiayi City’s 2009 Violin Festival. Ms. Chuang’s teaching methods are mainly focused on leading and inspiring students to engage in active thinking and she is highly popular among her students for her lively and engaging methods. Her students have also performed impressively in various competitions.Starting from 2012, she has become a member of Baroque Camerata, and performed with the group since then.
Ms. Chuang is currently teaching at a number of academic institutions, including Taichung Second Senior High School, Chuanghua Arts Senior High School, Sacred Hearts High School, Shuang Shih Junior High School.