Ping-Chang Tsai

Ping-Chang Tsai started his violin lessons at six and took up viola as his major under Prof. Jui-Se Yang when he was twelve. Graduated from National Taiwan Normal University where he has continued his studies with Prof. Jui-Se Yang to obtain both bachelor and master degrees in music performance, Tsai is now a Ph.D. candidate, a viola sectional member of Taiwan Philharmonic, NSO 3+1 Quartet, and Taiwan Viola Chamber Music Ensemble. He now teaches at Cheng-Kung Elementary School in Keelung, Taoyuan National Wu-Ling Senior High School, Taoyuan Jhongli Senior High School, Taoyuan Municipal Nankan Senior High School, and Taipei Fuhsing Senior High School, and in the Department of Applied Music of Aletheia University.

In his years of studies, Tsai was awarded several times in music competitions: he won the second prize for the string section in the 2001 Hsing Tien Kong Music Competition, the first prize for the viola section high school group in the 2001 Taiwan National Student Competition of Music, the first prize for the viola section college group in the 2003 Taipei Municipal Student Competition of Music, the second prize for the viola section college group in the 2004 Taiwan National Student Competition of Music, and the Excellence Prizes for both the viola section adult A group and chamber music section in the 2006 Hsing Tien Kong Music Competition.

Tsai also took numerous master classes granted by many world-acclaimed musicians, like Yizhak Schotten, James Buswell, Paul Silverthorne (principal violist of the London Symphony Orchestra), Alban Berg Quartet, Artemis String Quartet, Nai-Yuan Hu and Scott Lee.

Compelled by his intense passion for orchestral playing, Tsai has performed along with most orchestras situated in Taipei since college. He had been engaged as a season-contracted musician of Taipei Symphony Orchestra from 2005 to 2007 and also as a season-contracted member of National Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2009. Other ensembles and orchestras he participated in are: Taiwan Connection String Orchestra, Taipei Century Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Pro Arte Orchestra, Sonare Symphony Orchestra, Sun Taipei Philharmonic, YinQi Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, NTNU Graduates Philharmonic, Quanta Philharmonic Orchestra and Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra.

Other than his participation in orchestras, he also digs enthusiastically in concert performance of different types, including premiering works by contemporary composers in Taiwan, such as Fang-Lung Ke, Shan- Hua Chien, Gordon S. W. Chin, Wen-Ta Juang, Wen-Pin Hope Lee, Chin-Yow Lin, Kuo-Fong Lee and Pey-Wen Yen.