Alumna Ching-Hsuan Wang Premieres Violin Sonata

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Alumna Ching-Hsuan Wang Premieres Violin Sonata

This spring, alumna Ching-Hsuan Wang will give the Colorado premiere of Amerigo, a new work for violin and piano by composer Stephanie Ann Boyd.

Wang received her MM from NYU Steinhardt's program in String Studies where she studied violin, and her BM from the University of Northern Colorado. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Northern Colorado.

“It’s been such a treat to work with Ching-Hsuan on this project,” Boyd said. “Her musical background is phenomenally multi-faceted and I’m eager to see her perspective and her artistry shape the commission.”

Wang was the winner of the Walter and Virginia Charles Concerto Contest and was featured as the soloist with the Greeley Chamber Orchestra in 2009. She was the studio violinist for the Taiwanese original movie Dance. Lazurite in 2012. While classically trained, she also has a passion for jazz and other genres of music. In 2014, she was featured in jazz vocalist Annie Chen’s original album Pisces the Dreamer, recorded in New York. In the summer of 2015, Ching-Hsuan was the featured violinist for the Global Saxophone Quartet tour in Beijing, Tianjing and Wuhan, China.

Wang's performance of Amerigo in Colorado is part of Boyd's 50 State Sonata Project, a co-commission involving one violinist in each state performing Amerigo. It is Part I of a two year project celebrating the life and work of John Kendall, a pedagogue who helped to bring the Suzuki teaching method to America.