Violinist Chia-Chi Lai is frequently invited to perform in many important concerts and festivals. She has won several prizes for her accurate and fluid performances of technically difficult pieces in the Taipei Violin Competition and the Taiwan National Competition.
Ms. Lai is an experienced and active chamber and orchestra musician. She is currently first violinist with the National Symphony of Taiwan. Prior to entering the National Symphony in August 2003, Ms. Lai was a founding member of the Evergreen Orchestra. While living in America, Ms. Lai was selected to perform in the Honors Orchestra of the New England Conservatory of Music, the Asian Youth Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and she was concertmaster of the NEC’s Symphony Orchestra. She was invited to participate in the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, USA as a member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and in 2000 she was invited to participate in the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.
Ms. Lai began her violin and piano studies at a young age in Taipei, Taiwan. She made her solo debut at the age of twelve with her school’s orchestra. In 1997 she came to the United States as a scholarship student at the New England Conservatory of Music where she received a Masters of Music in Violin Performance. She studied at NEC with the Director of the Strings Program, Mr. Eric Rosenbelith. She also studied violin technique with Kelly Barr, violinist with the Boston Symphony. Ms. Lai earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Institute of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan, where she studied with Nancy Tsung.