Chun-Chien Chuang, concertmaster

chun-chien- chuang1Instrument: violin
Member of the Saint Joseph Symphony since: 2012
Bio: As a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral violinist, Chun-Chien Chuang has performed on stages across the United States, Europe and Taiwan, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Music Shed in Norfolk, CT, Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna, and the National Music Hall in Taipei. Ms. Chuang is the concertmaster of the Saint Joseph Symphony. Chun-Chien holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance from the University of Missouri  Kansas City and a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Cincinnati College ­Conservatory of Music. Ms. Chuang is a violin/viola faculty at Ottawa University and teaches at her teaching studio in Lee’s Summit, MO. She and her husband, pianist John Villaveces, perform regularly together in different settings. They love spending time with their sons Xavier and Winston, and Bernie the dog.

What are the responsibilities of a concert master?
My responsibilities include tuning the orchestra before the rehearsals and the concerts, following conductor’s signals and translating that into my playing, and leading the section and visually communicating with the string principals.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?
I’m not sure, maybe a dog trainer.

Any family members also musicians?
My husband is a concert pianist. My three year old son plays the violin and I think my one year old son will be a percussionist.

If you’re not rehearsing or performing, what kind of music do you listen to?
Classical music and nursery rhymes 🙂

As a child, did anyone inspire or encourage your interest in music?
I started taking piano and violin lessons simply because my father asked me if I wanted to. Ever since I have not stopped playing the violin. I am very fortunate that several violin teachers really inspired me and kept me going. My parents always brought me to concerts to listen to the masters play and also got me a lot of CDs to study.