Alan Yang has served as Principal Cellist of the South Bay Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christopher Hill. He was also a faculty of California Youth Chinese Orchestra. He has been teaching private cello lesson since 2002 and has also taught in Fremont Hopkins Junior High School in the beginner and intermediate string orchestra. His students have won several Cello competitions, including CMTANC International Music Competition, United State Open Music Competition and American Protégé International Music Talent Competition, Spotlight National Youth Music Competition, IGMC Competition, Global Online Great Composers Competition, Global International Music Competition, Silicon Valley Youth Music Competition and performed in Carnegie Hall.His students have also participated in various youth symphonies including SJYS, CYS, ECYS,SFYS,FYSO and CODA All -State Jr High School Orchestra.
Mr. Yang was born in China to a family of musicians. He received his bachelor’s degree from Wu-Han Conservatory of Music in China and continued to achieve his Master’s degree and Artist diploma in Cello Performance from Indiana University in U.S.
During his study at the Wu-Han Conservatory of Music, Mr. Yang was a member of the East symphony Orchestra and the East Chamber Orchestra. In 2001, he proceeded to become a member of the first China Cello Orchestra, led by the Swiss Cello master Albert Roman. He and twenty other highly gifted cello students were selected from China’s leading music academies. He went on to perform in Sils, Scuol, Luzern, and Basel in Switzerland, and Beijing, Ji Nan, Shanghai and Su Zhou in China.
In 2002, Mr. Yang became a member of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. He has accompanied many well-known musicians including Xu Zhong, Xiang-Dong Kong, Dickran Atamian, Albert Roman, Jian Wang, Robert Riseling, Akahoshi, Pip Clarke, Rachel Barton and Hye-Jin Kim.
In 2003, Mr. Yang was invited to perform at the Elitist Concert, organized by the Texas Chinese Performing Arts Association. He was awarded the prestigious “Honor Citizen Certificate Award” from the Dallas city government.
Ernest Yen – Violinist
Born and raised in Taiwan, Ernest Yen began his violin lessons at the age of 5, under the tutelage of Kuei-Chu Chu. At age 11, he was featured as a soloist in the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and toured Japan with Jhen-Si Youth Orchestra. At age 13, he was the youngest member of the Taiwan Youth Symphony Orchestra during its U.S. tour. Ernest served as concertmaster in orchestras through his study, and played Vivaldi The Four Seasons Violin Concerto and Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with National Tsing Hua University Orchestra, and Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 with Bei-An Symphony Orchestra. In 2002, he won the first prize in the violin category in the Taiwan National Music Competition. His string quartet also won the first prize in the chamber music category in the same year.
Ernest moved to the U.S. to pursue his doctorate degree in 2006 and has been a member of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra since then. He studied with Hagai Shaham, Alexander Barantschick, Catherine Van Hoesen, Chen Zhao, Franklyn D’Antonio, and is currently study with Yukiko Kurakata. He was threetime concerto competition winner and performed with the UCBSO as the featured soloist in several seasons, including the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in 2008, Saint-Saens “La Muse et le Poete” in 2010, and Korngold Violin Concerto in 2011, on a 1865 J.B. Vuillaume violin generously lent to him by the Music Department of UC Berkeley. In 2008, he was the Semi-Finalist of the KDFC Classical Star Competition. In 2010, he was invited to perform on the Four Seasons Arts “Cameo Concerts” program and performed with Miles Graber in the Yachats Music Festival in Oregon. He also plays frequently with the Berkeley Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, Palo Alto Philharmonic etc. Ernest Yen is currently living in San Jose. His students have won local music competitions / youth symphony auditions and performed in Carnegie Hall.
Key Competencies & Offerings
- Violin performance
- Orchestra experience and knowledge
- ABRSM preparation (including aural test and music theory) Ear training
- Sight reading
- Piano performance/accompaniment
- Musical analysis, theory and history
- Speak Mandarin and English
- In spring 2020, she graduated from UCSC music department and gain Honors in Music. She was the concertmaster in UCSC orchestra from winter 2019- spring 2020. In spring 2019, She won the Concerto competition in UCSC and perform Tchaikovsky violin concerto with the orchestra in fall 2019. Besides, She also start to tutor some children during that period. To help more children with the violin, She participated the teacher training camp held by Suzuki in Chicago in summer 2019 and spring 2021.
- Awards2020- Honors in Music in UCSC
2019- Winner, University of California Santa Cruz concerto competition 2019- Concertmaster, University of California Santa Cruz orchestra 2018- Dean scholarship
2018- Regent scholarship
2009- First place, Mandarin Daily new violin competition
2007-First place, Mandarin Daily new violin competition
2005-First place, Mandarin Daily new violin competition
Richard Ngai – Violin, Viola
Richard is a former member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He has over 35 years of experience teaching violin & viola to all ages in various music schools including the Harker school in Saratoga and the renowned Music Office of the Government Secretariat in Hong Kong. He is experienced in ABRSM exam preparation for all levels.
Dennis Ngai – Violin, Viola
Dennis has been teaching Violin, Viola in the SF Bay Area for more than 16 years. He has tremendous experience helping students age 4 and up to learn how to play the Violin and Viola from the start. Dennis himself started learning how to play the Violin at the age of five from his father Richard, who is a former member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO). All his music mentors were classically-trained Violinists with great violin pedagogies. To name a few, Antoine van Dongen, Lin Li and Wei He are the wonderful famous faculty with extensive experience who made Dennis very strong in his Music field.
Dennis is committed to education and sharing his passion in music, so he focuses on performance techniques and expression when he teaches various levels of students from Beginner to Advanced Levels.
Dennis uses his passionate styles in teaching teenagers and young adults to create a longstanding love of music and to provide productive learning for them based on each individual’s goal and interest. Dennis also does preparation for the ABRSM Exams and School Orchestra Performances.
Many of the students who took lessons from Dennis have eventually got admitted to a number of prestigious youth symphony groups such as California Youth Symphony (CYS), Peninsula Youth Orchestra (PYO), Golden State Youth Orchestra (GSYO), Fremont Youth Symphony Orchestra (FYSO), and Silicon Valley Youth Symphony (SVYS).
Dennis, as an experienced Violin coach, mentor and an inborn music teacher, believes that establishing a profound foundation plays an outstanding role in a successful musical performance. Dennis builds up love, passion, and confidence in his students to play the Violin in their life as a real musician. He is an extremely patient, enthusiastic and passionate musician interested in coaching and encouraging his students to achieve artistic goals, always!
Juila Chiu – Viola,Violin
Jackia Gao – Violinist
Doctor of music Arts, University of North Texas. Master degree in Violin performance, Arizona State University. Teacher of Music Institute of North Texas. Teaching assistant at Arizona State University. Music Director of Bitong Kids Center (Beijing, China). Violinist of Richardson Symphony Orchestra, Mobile Symphony Orchestra etc.