Viola / Meng-Hsun Chuang
Meng-Hsun Chuang, a native of Taiwan, has distinguished himself as one of the most promising young musicians through competitions and critically acclaimed performances. In 2005, as a founding member of the Morning Glory Duo, Chuang was awarded the first prize in the International Chamber Music Competition held by the Chamber Music Foundation of New England, and this led to his performance in the Weill Hall at the Carnegie Hall. In 2006, Chuang won the Taiwan National Theater & National Concert Hall Young Artists Award and was invited to present a solo recital at the Recital Hall at the Taiwan National Concert Hall in 2007.
In addition to his regular annual recitals and solo performances, Chuang has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Taiwan Soloists Symphony Orchestra, the Sun Yat-Sen University Baroque Camerata, the Taipei National University of Arts String Ensemble, and the Taipung Soloists Orchestra. As an active chamber musician, Chuang has collaborated with international artists including the Tokyo String Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet, Zhou Qian, Lynn Chang, Yossif Ivanov, Frans Helmerson, Timothy Eddy, Sergey Antonov, Carol Ou, Wu Man, Ke Xu, and many others.
Chuang has participated in many contemporary music performances and premieres. Besides recent concerto appearance of Tsung-Hsiang Yang's Viola Concerto "Elegy," Chuang also takes part in the premieres of David Lefkowitz’s Pieces of Eight for Viola Solo, Wen-Tze Lu’s String Quartet, Kwang-I Ying’s Piece for Viola Solo, Szu-Hsien Lee Dialogue IV for Piano Quintet, Hsiu-Hsiu Chang Ah, How Trivial for Viola Solo, Yuan-Chen Li The Source for Viola Solo, and Yong Yang Shin Shi-Liu Ban for Erhu, Pipa, and String Trio.
Under the teaching of James Dunham, Chuang received his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory and was chosen to perform as a concerto soloist in the commencement concert. During his pursuit of Master’s degree at the Juilliard School of Music, Chuang studied with Karen Tuttle and worked as her teaching assistant. In 2002, Chuang entered Kim Kashkashian’s studio at the New England Conservatory; and, in 2007, he graduated as the first DMA in viola performance in the history of the New England Conservatory. Chuang has participated and performed in festivals, including the Verbier Festival & Academy, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana at Siena, the Steans Institute for Young Concert Artists at the Ravinia Festival, the Orford Center of Arts, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He has worked with Yuri Bashmet, Nobuko Imai, Roberto Diaz, and others in master classes.
Chuang currently serves as a viola faculty of several major universities in Taiwan, including the National Taipei University of Education, the National Tsing Hua University, the National Sun Yat-Sen University, the National Kaohsiung Normal University, the National University of Tainan, the Soochow University, and the Chinese Culture University.