Adjunct Professor, Violin.
A native of The People's Republic of China and now residing in New York City, violinist Liang Chai is among the foremost artists of his generation. He was a top prize winner at both the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition and the Japan International Music Competition, and has been hailed by The Strad as a "large-scaled player with a warm, pleasing sound."
Liang Chai has been guest soloist with London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China, Chinese National Radio Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Neeme Jarvi, Sweden's Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and, with Keith Lockhart, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, he has been heard with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra as well as the Butte, Pensacola and Waterbury Symphony Orchestras, Tennessee Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and, in New York State, the Asiana Sinfonia, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and Westchester Symphony Orchestra.
He made his New York City solo debut with the Korean Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' Alice Tully Hall. In recital, Mr. Chai has been heard in three Lincoln Center auditoria - The Steinway Hall, Paul Recital Hall and Bruno Walter Auditorium, Washington, DC's National Gallery of Art, Hancock Auditorium in Los Angeles, Harris Concert Hall in Aspen, Germany's Stadtisches Konservatorium and the Auditorium de Louvre in Paris. During the summer of 1999, he made his debut at the famed Newport Music Festival, to which he returned in 2000. In December, 1999, Mr. Chai made his debut with Beijing's National Symphony Orchestra of China, playing the great Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.
Liang Chai, whose father is a composer of Chinese music and whose mother is a singer, began to play on the piano at the age of four, and switched to the violin at nine. After only two years of violin study, he was accepted into the conservatorium of his home town, Shenyang; in 1986 he was accepted without audition into Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music. Mr. Chai came to the United States in 1991 on a full scholarship to the University of Southern California. One year later, he received a full scholarship from the Starling Foundation, enabling him to attend The Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied with the eminent violin pedagogue, Dorothy DeLay, and her associate Hyo Kang. In the spring of 1997, he received his Master's Degree from The Juilliard School, where he subsequently filled a two-year teaching appointment as a Fellow of the DeLay-Starling Institute.