Viola / I-Chun Chiang
Recipient of the 11th CHIMEI Arts Award and the Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society(1999), violist I-Chun Chiang is considered one of the most distinctive artists of her generation. She has given recitals in many prestigious venues including National Music Museum (USA), Adullam Church (Switzerland), and National Recital Hall (Taiwan), Pingtung Performing Arts Center (Taiwan). David Gier, the music director of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra proclaimed Ms. Chiang that "she displayed a wonderful sensitivity, both stylistically and in her own musicality" following her concerto performance with the orchestra under his baton.
During 2007-2012, Ms. Chiang served as the associate and then the Principal Viola of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of the Dakota String Quartet, and was viola instructor at the Augustana College in Sioux Fall, SD. In February 2014, she was appointed as Assistant Professor at the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology. Recently Ms. Chiang is a familiar face in Taiwan’s music performing scene since she has previous performed with Taiwan Artist Ensemble, BenFeng Studio, Counterpoint Ensemble, Baroque Camerata, and Tainan Symphony Orchestra. During 2017-2019, she has held five recitals and chamber recitals in Taipei, Tainan, Kaohsiung, and Pingtung.
Born in Tainan, Taiwan, Ms. Chiang began viola lessons at the age of Ten. She is a proud recipient of the Graduate Full-Scholarship at The College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where he earned her Doctor’s degree under Masao Kawasaki and Catharine Carroll Lees. Other main instructors include Yizhak Schotten, Li-Wen Wang, and Nine-Cheng Yeh. She plays on a 2001 viola made by Alan and Sarah Balmforth in Seattle, USA.