BIOGRAPHY: CHIHSUAN YANG
Chihsuan Yang began playing the violin at the age of four in her native country, Taiwan. As a versatile musician she performs a broad range of music including contemporary classical, experimental, world, free-improvisation, electro-acoustic, ambient, hip-hop and rock. Collaborative creation is an integral part of her work, which has led to various projects with composers, dance, theater and visual art. She has toured throughout the U.S., Taiwan, Australia, Canada and Mexico.
As an active freelance musician in Chicago, Chihsuan also plays piano, electric violin, erhu (a Chinese fiddle) and Okinawa Sanshin (a Japanese stringed instrument). She is a founding member of the Accende Ensemble, a classical quintet; she is a member of New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago. She also served as concertmaster on the erhu with Ren Ai, an orchestra of traditional Chinese instruments.
She has participated in music festivals such as the SLSQ Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford University, Colorado College Chamber Music Festival.
Chihsuan's theatrical collaborations include performances with the Lookingglass, Steppenwolf and Natya Dance Theatre Companies. In 2006, Chihsuan participated in the epic Indian musical, Sita Ram, with Lookingglass, Natya Dance Theatre Companies and Grammy-nominated recording artist Jai Uttal. In 2007, she presented the WFMT live broadcast performance of Citizens of the World with Steppenwolf and the Chicago Children's Choir atMillennium Park. In June 2007, Chihsuan performed on the erhu with The Dalai Lama at his public lecture in Millennium Park in Chicago. Other collaborations include: DJ Spooky, Harvey, Plaid, and Michael Kang from String Cheese Incident. She has also shared stages with Paul Simon and The Eagles, to name a few. In the winter of 2008, Chihsuan performed with Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco at the Congress Theater in Chicago, and toured with Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys. Most recently, Chihsuan had a solo perfomance on the violin, erhu and electric violin with Youth Symphony of DuPage.
Chihsuan's principle teachers were Cyrus Forough, Stefan Hersh, and Ilya Kaler. She holds a Bachelor's degree in violin performance from DePaulUniversity.
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