Richard Ngai – Violin, Viola
Dennis has been teaching Violin, Viola in the SF Bay Area for more than 15 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. His music mentors were classically-trained Violinists with many great violin pedagogies. Kin Fung Leung, Wei He, Lin Li, Antoine van Dongen, and Livia Sohn are some of the faculty with extensive experience who made Dennis very strong in his early ages of learning music. 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 a 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), and El Camino Youth Symphony (ECYS), 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!
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 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. 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