Ingrid Tang, a co-concertmaster of the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, was born in China, receiving her early training on the violin from her mother. She was later accepted and studied at the Shenyang Music Institute. In the beginning year of 1980, Ms. Tang was recommended to the National Orchestra of the Air Force in China, where she played as a professional violinist for more than ten years and later became the co-concertmaster of the Chinese National Orchestra of the Air Force. Ms. Tang also studied and received her degrees at the National Arts Institute in Beijing. Ms. Tang is currently living in Dayton, New Jersey where she performs actively as a chamber musician of Trio Cordialis and other chamber music groups, playing with Boheme Opera NJ, New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra. She maintains an active private teaching studio for 20 years and received 2014 Teacher of the Year Award of New Jersey Music Teachers Association. She also serves as a chairperson for strings of the New Jersey Music Teachers Association.
Francine Bloom, 2nd Violin Principal
Ning Mu, principal violist of the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, is an experienced soloist and chamber and orchestral musician. He has received numerous awards for musical excellence in China and the US. He has performed in chamber music concerts in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall, including appearing with the Guarneri String Quartet. He recently gave a highly acclaimed performance of the “Butterfly Lovers" Concerto at the Ware Center in Lancaster, PA. Mr. Mu began studying violin with his father at 8 years old. He graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music of Beijing with a Bachelor’s degree, and received a Master’s degree at Rutgers University under Michael Tree. Mr. Mu taught violin and viola at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster, and conducted its Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also a viola professor at Franklin and Marshall College. Mr. Mu is the founder and Artistic Director of the International Festival and School in Colombia, South America. He has given master classes and chamber music recitals at the National Center for the Performing Arts and the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
A freelance cellist based in New York City, 25-year-old cellist Courtney Lin Kaita is a graduate from the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Richard Aaron where she received a double degree in cello performance and applied mathematics. Her previous cello teachers have included Qiang Tu, Irene Sharp, Marnie Kaller, and Julie Albers. Courtney has been a first prize winner in the New Jersey Music Teachers Association Young Artists Competition, and has represented New Jersey in the solo Strings MTNA Performance competition. Courtney has appeared as a soloist with the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, Edison Symphony, Manalapan Battleground Symphony, and the High Mountain Symphony. She has also given solo performances in Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall. Courtney was featured as a Rising Star for the first Beijing Music Festival, performing in venues including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Ministry of Culture.