First violinist in the Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck/ Baroque violinist/ Certified Yoga teacher and a passionate blog writer.
Born in 1980 in Taipei, Taiwan. Huei Chiang received her first piano lessons at the age of four, and a year later began studying the violin. She attended specialist music schools and won piano and violin prizes in Taipei’s Competitions.
Following her graduation from the Affiliated Junior High School of the National Taiwan University in 1996, she moved to Austria in order to continue her studies with Maestro Ruggiero Ricci and his assistant Chris Nicholls at the University Mozarteum Salzburg. She attended masterclasses with Viktor Pikaizen and Mauricio Fuchs, studied chamber music with the Hagen Quartet and performed as a member of the Leopold Mozart Orchester in Austria and in Germany.
In 1999 she accepted a position as a first violinist in the Orquestra de Cambra de L’Empordà (Spain), at the same time as completing her studies in Austria. A year later, she graduated having attained the first Diploma with Distinction.
From 1999 to 2011, Huei Chiang lived in Spain, performing with the Orquestra de Cambra de L’Empordà. Since 2002, she was assistant concertmaster of the same orchestra, and also of the Orquestra Filharmònica de Catalunya. She performed in this capacity and as soloist throughout Spain and Europe, in the USA, Argentina, Canada, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan and China.
She has participated in several international competitions and in 2005, she won the 3rd prize in the International Louise Henriette Competition in Germany, where she was also awarded the loan of an Italian master violin by the Maggini foundation in Switzerland.
In 2006 she was invited to participate in the Lucerne Festival Academy where she worked with members of the Ensemble InterContemporain and performed concerts under the direction of Pierre Boulez in the Lucerne Festival. In 2007, she formed a piano trio in Cologne, Germany, where the trio studied contemporary chamber music repertoire with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard. In November 2010, she collaborated with the Ensemble DuoPlus (Germany) when it was invited to perform in the “3rd New Music Week” Festival at the Shanghai Music conservatory, and to give concerts and masterclasses in China and in Taiwan (Wuhan Conservatory of Music, Changiang University in Jinzhou, Hangzhou Normal University, Forum Auditorium in Taipei, lecture concert in Taipei Municipal University of Education, masterclass in the Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University).
Besides music she has also developed a strong interest in yoga practice and philosophy. In 2010 she became a certified yoga teacher, and started presenting her own project “Musica Chakra” throughout Catalonia, which is a special session combining yoga, meditation, and solo violin music by Bach, where she leads the audience as a yoga teacher and also performs as a violinist.
In 2012 she came back to University Mozarteum Salzburg to continue her Master’s degree study with Professor Harald Herzl, and in January 2014 she graduated with Distinction. She has been invited to perform regularly with Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, and has been the guest player of the first violin in the Orquesta de Cadaqués (Barcelona, former conductor Laureate Sir Neville Marriner).
Besides working as an orchestra musician, Chiang is also a member of the C-Camerata Taipei since 2012, an ensemble combining western and eastern instruments in a unique manner and specialises in contemporary music. In 2014 she was invited to perform the Brahms violin concerto with the Knox- Galesburg Symphony in the United States.
Since 2015 Chiang has been the first violin member of the Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck. In 2017 she completed the postgraduate study of baroque violin with Hiro Kurosaki at the Mozarteum Salzburg.
As well as playing, Huei has also developed her talent in writing in a very early age, her childhood dreams were to become a musician and a writer. Here you can find her articles about traveling as a professional musician, poems and short stories inspired by everyday life, by her working and playing in an opera house (favorite opera: Turandot, which represents love!) originally written in English, German and Chinese. Enjoy!