Significant teachers and mentors:
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
In this age of overwhelmingly available technology, it is important to develop a sense of quiet and focus. Connecting to, and drawing from, our innermost selves is what fuels passion and deep personal success. Everyone has a creative core that is unique to only him/her; it takes quietude, discipline, and a measure of undistracted solitude to access this core. I try to balance interactiveness, fun, and discipline in my teaching.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Chicago Chamber Musicians Ensemble
Formosa Chamber Music Festival
Interests outside of music:
Eating thin slices of watermelon on a hot day, watching funny movies, learning new German vocabulary, cooking, helping my mom sweep the floor, bicycling on the Lakefront Trail, practicing yoga, playing Taboo, brushing my hair, writing poetry, salsa dancing, feeding other people's dogs and cats.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
I try to love whichever composer I am playing at the moment. For a long time, Verdi was a favorite. He's a heart-melter.
Research and presentations / publications:
Shih-Hui Chen, Returning Souls, New World Records, 2013.
Laura Schwendinger, High Wire Acts, Centaur Records, 2013.
Trio Voce, In A New Light, Con Brio Records, 2013.
Chicago Chamber Musicians, The Coming of Light, Summit Records, 2013.
Trio Voce, Inscapes, Con Brio Records, 2010.
Formosa Quartet, Formosa Quartet, EMI Classics, 2006.
Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chamber Music for Winds and Strings by Mozart, Summit Records, 2006.