T A I W A N
Taiwanese violinist Natalie Ming-I Tsai has performed as soloist with some of the world’s most renowned symphony orchestras. At the age of fifteen, she made her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and just a few years later with the Boston Pops in a three-concert series that paid tribute to Harry Ellis Dickinson, conducted by Keith Lockhart. The concert was later reviewed by Richard Dyer of Boston Globe as “ Played with abandon”.
Ming-I has won numerous competitions such as the 2002 Boston Symphony Concerto Competition, 2001 Massachusetts String Teachers Association Competition, 2000 Mann Center Concerto Competition, 2000 Greenfield Concerto competition Honorable Mention, and most recently the DePaul Concerto Competition. Ms. Tsai has performed in masterclasses with such artists as Aaron Rosand, Zakhar Bron, Nai Yuan Hu and Joseph Silverstein. In her summers, she has attended festivals such as the Summit Music Festival and the Montecito Music Festival.
Ms. Tsai traveled to Philadelphia at the age of fourteen from Taiwan to attend the Temple University Music Preparatory Division for Gifted Young Musicians as a student of Elissa Kolijonen. She later attended high school at Massachusetts’s Walnut Hill School for the Arts as a student of Lynn Chang. Ms. Tsai was then accepted to the famed Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Ida Kavafian and Guaneri String Quartet’s frist violinist, Arnold Steinhardt. After graduating at The Curtis Institute, she moved to Chicago to pursue her Master of Music Degree at Depaul University with Ilya Kaler. Ms. Tsai earned her artist diploma at Lynn University with professor Elmar Oliveira. She was a section violin member of Miami City Ballet from 2013-2014.
In her years in Florida, besides playing with local orchestras such as Miami Symphony, Palm Beach Opera, Ms. Tsai has also participated with crossover engagement with artists like Natalie Cole and 5-time-Grammy- award-winner Sebastian Krys. In between playing concert notes, Ms. Tsai enjoys photography, cooking, oil painting and fashion design. Ms. Tsai has acquired a certificate in Fashion Design at Shih Chien University.