Hailed as one of the most gifted Chinese violinists of his generation, Zuo Jun began violin studies at age six and is a graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he studied with Professors Shen Guan En and Zheng Shi Sheng. In 1988, Zuo Jun’s talent was noticed by Fredell Lack and he went to the United States to study with her and subsequently with Berl Senofsky and Ariana Bronne.
Zuo Jun has been a first violinist in the Houston Symphony from 1994 to 2004. Prior to joining the Houston Symphony, he was a member of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra for a season. He has also appeared as soloist with many renowned symphony orchestras, such as the Shanghai Opera Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Radio Orchestra, Shanghai Ballet Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony Orchestra (New York), Julius Grossman Orchestra (New York), National Repertory Orchestra (Colorado), San Antonio Youth Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra, and New Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.
Zuo Jun has been a prizewinner in prominent national and international competitions, including the first prize in the China National Violin Competition in Shanghai in 1986. Also, he was awarded prizes in the Kingsville International Music Competition in 1990, the American Music Teachers’ National Association Competition in 1989, the Corpus Christi Young Artists Competition in 1989, and the National Violin Competition of China in 1984. In the same year, Zuo Jun was invited by the China Ministry of Culture to perform in Beijing to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. In that same year, he gave a solo recital as part of the “Spring of Shanghai” Music Festival.
Critics have praised Zuo Jun’s performances for his musicality and technical brilliance. He was featured on “Good Morning America” (ABC) in 1990, interviewed by NHK in 1987, and performed live on Singapore national television in 1986 and 2004.
Ning Kam was born in Singapore and began studying the violin at age six with her father, violinist and composer, Kam Kee Yong. In 1987 she received scholarships from the Lee and Shaw Foundations of Singapore to enter the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, UK where she studied with Maurizio Fuks, Wen Zhou Li and the late Sidney Griller. In 1993 she entered the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia to study with Jaime Laredo and Yumi Scott and received her Bachelor Degree there. She then went on to study with Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her Masters of Music Degree and an Artist Diploma.
Ning has performed in concerts all over the world with the Singapore Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Flemish Radio Orchestra, Flemish Symphony Orchestra, Brussels National Orchestra, Liege Philharmonic, Shenzhen Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. As an artist who has great interest in championing contemporary music, Ning Kam gave the world-premiere of Claude Ledoux’s “Frissons D’Aile”, a concerto for violin and orchestra dedicated to Ning and commissioned by the Liege Philharmonic. In January 2005, she performed with pianist, Daniel Becker at London’s Purcell Room in the Park Lane Group Series for Young Artists featuring contemporary music. This concert was reviewed by the London Times as “gutsy and electrifying”. The Telegraph also described Ning as a violinist with “much flair plus a totally confident stage presence and an absolute command of the music” and that the performance had “thrilling energy and control”. She has also been invited to broadcast on the BBC Radio 3 programme, “In Tune” in January 2005 and made her successful Wigmore Hall debut in May 2006 with British pianist, Carole Presland, as part of the Park Lane Group Series. Concerts in the 2007-2008 season included appearances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Klassische Filharmonie Bonn, Flemish Radio Orchestra, as well as recitals in Taiwan, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the USA. Special projects that season included a Taiwan concert tour with percussionist, Francis Kam in a ground-breaking violin and drums programme. The 2008-2009 season included her debuts with the Phoenix and Tucson Symphony Orchestras as well as recitals and chamber music as part of the Concerts du Midi series at the Musee Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, at Kings Place, London and at the Ulverston Festival, UK. Ning also made her leading and directing debut with the Het Kamerorkest Brugge in Belgium in 2009 and has returned every season since as leader and director of Het Kamerorkest Brugge. Beginning in september 2011, Ning commenced in her role as the new Artistic Director of Het Kamerorkest Brugge. 2010 also saw Ning’s China debut with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra with whom she returned in the 2011-2012 season with conductor, Christian Ehwald. Other engagements in the 2011/2012 season included a return with the Symfonieorkest van Vlaanderen with conductor, Guy van Waas on a tour of Belgium and a collaboration with Jonas Alber at Laon Festival. In august 2013, Ning released a new recording , Road Movies with pianist, Albert Tiu, under the Meridian Records, UK label. This upcoming season will be Ning’s third as Artistic Director with Het Kamerorkest. She will also be debuting with the Thuringen Philharmonie and collaborating with cellist, Katherine Jenkinson in duo recitals across the United Kingdom.
The Vienna Boys’ Choir (German: Wiener Sängerknaben ) or Vienna Choir Boys is a choir of boy sopranos and altos based in Vienna, Austria. It is one of the best known boys’ choirs in the world. The boys are selected mainly from Austria, but also from many other countries.
The choir is a private, not-for-profit organization. There are approximately 100 choristers between the ages of ten and fourteen. The boys are divided into four touring choirs, named after Austrian composers Bruckner, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert, which combined perform about 300 concerts each year before almost 500,000 people. Each group tours for about nine to eleven weeks. Some pieces include “Good Morning” and “Merry Christmas from Vienna Boys”.
Over the centuries, the choir has worked with many composers, including Heinrich Isaac, Hofhaimer, Biber, Fux, Caldara, Gluck, Salieri, Mozart, Franz Schubert and Bruckner.