"...destined to be one of the giants of the next generation”
Ming-Feng Hsin began his violin studies at the age of six in his native Taiwan. At age twelve he won the Cathay Pacific Airlines Violin Competition and as part of the prize, he was invited to perform at the Hong Kong Music Festival, where he caught the attention of Yehudi Menuhin, who personally invited him to attend the Yehudi Menuhin School in England. Later, Mr. Hsin received a violin performance degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Ivan Galamian, Jascha Brodsky and David Cerone and he holds conducting degrees from the Juilliard School and Rice University.
Mr. Hsin has performed as a soloist with the BBC and the Scottish National Orchestras among others, and has won multiple competitions including the Glasgow International Violin Competition at the age of fifteen and the Montreal International Violin competition.Together with his mentor, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Mr. Hsin was the featured soloist at a special concert for President Ford and Queen Elizabeth of England during the bicentennial celebrations in Washington D.C.
Mr. Hsin is an accomplished conductor who's led productions of Aida and the Flying Dutchman at the National Theater in Taipei, La Boheme and Un Ballo In Maschera with the Silesian State Opera in the Czech Republic. He has also conducted several performances with the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra as well as the Curtis Institute of Music Chamber Orchestra at the Taipei Theater in New York City.
After winning a first violin position at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City in 1994, Mr. Hsin has performed well over a hundred operas with some of the best singers and conductors of the world. In addition to playing the violin and conducting, Mr. Hsin enjoys very much working with young artists. The past four summers, he has been on the faculty of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Camp where he lead coachings on orchestra playing. He has also worked with numerous student orchestras including Stony Brook and Mannes Schools of Music in New York, Aspen and Monteux Festivals.