Richard Ngai – Violin, Viola
Richard Ngai started to learn Violin at age of 6. In the early years of his music career, Richard has performed around the globe as a member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. His career as a music instructor spans from various music schools including violin instructor at Hong Kong’s renowned Music Office of the Government Secretariat and St. Paul’s International School. After relocating to the Bay area, Richard is continuing his music-teaching career and is currently a music instructor at The Harker School in San Jose. Mr. Ngai has also been a member of a few local orchestras including the acclaimed Nova Vista Symphony Orchestra. Richard has more than 35 years of teaching experience.
Alan Yang – Cello
Alan Yang has served as Principal Cellist of the South Bay Symphony conducted by Christopher Hill. He is also a faculty of California Youth Chinese Orchestra. He has been teaching private cello lesson since 2002 and has also taught in 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. In 2017, one of students made the second round of the 10th Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians Competition.His students have also participated in various youth symphonies including SJYS, CYS, ECYS and SFYS.
Mr. Yang was born in China to a family of musicians. He received his bachelor’s degree from Wu-Han Conservatory 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, 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.
Dennis Ngai – Violin, Viola
Dennis Ngai is a classically-trained violinist with extensive experience in his field. Committed to education and sharing his passion for music, he focuses on performance technique and expression when he teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced students. His enthusiastic teaching style has fostered a love of music for both children and adults, providing quality instruction based on the student’s goals and interests. Many of his students have eventually participated in various prestigious youth symphony groups such as California Youth Symphony(CYS), California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO),Peninsula Youth Orchestra (PYO), and El Camino Youth Symphony (ECYS). As an experienced violin teacher, he believes that establishing a profound foundation is the key to a successful musical performance. Dennis’ goal is to build up students’ confidence and love about the violin. He is a patient, encouraging teacher.
Julia Chiu – Violin, Viola