Cheng-Chih Kevin Tsai, Concertmaster
Violinist Cheng-Chih Kevin Tsai, the newly appointed concertmaster of the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, has been described by The Strad magazine as a violinist “with admirable facility.” Mr. Tsai earned his Doctoral degree of Musical Arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University as a student of Arnold Steinhardt, as well as Glenn Dicterow and Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School. He also studied chamber music with Felix Galamir and members of the Tokyo, Emerson and Guarneri String quartets. He was the first violinist and founding member of the Killington String Quartet.
A native of Taiwan, Mr. Tsai is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including winner of both the Chi-Mei and the Taiwan National Violin competitions and was also the first recipient of the Darrow Prize from the Killington Music Festival. He has given solo recitals, master-classes and performed as a soloist and in string quartet in many major cities in North America, Taiwan and European countries such Italy, Germany, Switzerland and France. He has appeared in concert at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall and Collaborated with artist such as Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree and Pinchas Zukermann. Kevin Tsai is a member of the Opera New Jersey, Princeton Symphony orchestra and Princeton ProMusica Orchestra. He had served as the concertmaster in the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (Canada), Sinfonietta Nova.