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Chiao-Hsuan Kang

Chiao-Hsuan Kang

Chiao-Hsuan Kang was born in Taichung, Taiwan, and started playing the cello when she was six years old. She got her master’s degree at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, where she studied with Lee Fiser. She then went on to obtain her doctorate with Dennis Parker at the Louisiana State University, followed by a chair in cello at Ludong University and Central China Normal University.

As a Chinese musician who has gotten her musical education in the West, she is convinced that some creative approaches and musical understandings can only be attained by the extensive consideration of one’s own culture and cultural heritage. Playing traditional Chinese music in traditional Chinese orchestras enhances her art and helps her to develop a versatile musical personality. Sometimes, devoting oneself to ancient philosophy is the best practise for playing music.

Kang is known for her versatility and musical ability. She is a regular guest with renowned orchestras such as the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, the Taiwan Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, the Suzhou Chinese Orchestra and the Hunan Symphony Orchestra, and has worked with conductors such as Pang Kapang, Carlos Riazuelo, Xun Sun, and Zhonghui Dai. Concert performances have brought her to the Beijing National Opera House, the China Taipei National Concert Hall, the Qin Tai Grand Theatre and the Suzhou Concert Hall, amongst others.

Kang has extensively explored the works of Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng. Her doctoral thesis “Understanding of Authentic Performance Practice in Bright Sheng's Seven Tunes Heard in China for Solo Cello” is available on the composer’s website.