Guest Teaching Artist
A native of Taiwan, Gordon Tsai began studying the violin and piano at age four in the Taiwan National Music Training Program. He was a prizewinner in the Kaohsiung City Competition and the Taiwan National Competition on both instruments. Gordon went on to earn his Bachelor of Music from the University of Oregon, studying with Fritz Gearhart and Kathryn Lucktenberg.
In 2010, he earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Nevada, Reno under the tutelage of Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio and served as her Teaching Assistant. Mr. Tsai played in the University’s graduate quartet-in-residence, the Nightingale String Quartet.
Mr. Tsai is a member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Principal (KSO) String Quartet, and he has served as an Associate Concertmaster at KSO since 2012. He is often featured on the KSO’s Concertmaster Series, an intimate concert setting intended to highlight the talent of individual KSO musicians.
Mr. Tsai has performed as Concertmaster and violinist with the Aspen Music Festival in 2002, 2005 and 2006 where he worked with Joseph Silverstein, Michael Stern, and Joseph Swensen. He has served as Concertmaster for the University of Oregon Symphony, the University of Nevada, Reno Symphony Orchestra, the Marrowstone Chamber Orchestra. While obtaining his Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Mr. Tsai served as the Associate Concertmaster for the Ohio Philharmonic and a faculty member at the Calvin Summit Music Festival Orchestra in Michigan.
He has collaborated with renowned artists including John Sant’Ambrogio, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, Martin Chalifour, Midori, David Kim, the Eroica Trio, the Emerson String Quartet, the Cavani String Quartet and the Cleveland String Quartet.
He has appeared as a soloist with a number of orchestras including the Coeur d’Alene Symphony, the University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the University of Nevada-Reno Symphony Orchestra, the Ruby Mountain Symphony, and the Lancaster Festival Orchestra.
Here at Bravo Conservatory of Music, we are honored to host Masterclasses and ensemble coaching by our esteemed guest teaching artist Mr. Tsai, as he shares his great depth of knowledge and experience with our students and faculty.