Biography: Solomon Liang

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Taiwanese-American violinist Solomon Liang enjoys sharing his musical passion as a soloist, orchestral player and chamber musician. As a winner of the 2011 Alexander & Buono International String Competition, Solomon made his debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in November, performing works by Brahms and Szymanowski. This past summer, Solomon served as concertmaster of the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra based in Germany, under the baton of Maestro Christoph Eschenbach. With Eschenbach, the orchestra performed in Großes Festspielhaus at the Salzburg Festival. In March 2013, Solomon presented a master class and recital at Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach.

As a soloist, Solomon has performed with New Valley Symphony, Antelope Valley Symphony, Pasadena Orche

Taiwanese-American violinist Solomon Liang enjoys sharing exciting performances with his audience. He has recently soloed with Canton Symphony, CityMusic Cleveland, CIM Chamber Orchestra, and performed in recital at Carnegie Hall as the first prize winner of Alexander & Buono International String Competition. Solomon has appeared in music festivals such as Itzhak Perlman’s Chamber Workshop, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Banff Centre, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, Music Academy of the West and Schleswig Holstein Festival, where he was concertmaster of the orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach in Salzburg Festival. An advocate of outreach, Solomon presented outreach performances as the “Quartet in Community” for Banff’s 11th International String Quartet Competition, and brought educational performances to public schools in Northeast Ohio through Sykora Educational Scholarship Fund.

Solomon is the principal second violinist of Canton Symphony Orchestra, and teaches regularly at Aurora School of Music, Ruffing Montessori School and Canton Youth Symphony. He served as faculty and string quartet in residence for Interlochen Summer Academy 2014. Prizes won include first prizes at Music Teacher Association of California Solo Competition, Frieda Keck Young Artist Award, California Concert Artist Competition, Fine Arts Affiliates Scholarship, and second prize at the Taiwan National Junior Violin Competition.

Solomon’s major teachers include Stephen Rose, Syoko Aki, Linda Rose, Peter Salaff and Cavani String Quartet, and has collaborated with banjo player Bela Bleck. He holds degrees in violin performance from Yale School of Music, Cole Conservatory, and most recently the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was awarded Dr. Bennett Levine Memorial Award in Chamber Music. In free time, Solomon enjoys playing table tennis and basketball. Mr. Liang will perform the Korngold Violin Concerto with Holland Symphony Orchestra in Michigan for its 2015-2016 season. He plays on a violin made in 2013 by Colin Gallahue.

stra and Brentwood Westwood Symphony and CSULB Cole Conservatory Symphony. As a recitalist, Solomon has been invited to play in many concert series, including a most recent collaboration with pianist David Fung at the Rolling Hill Main Concert Series in Palos Verde, California. Prizes won include first prizes at Music Teacher Association of California Statewide Solo Competition, Frieda Keck Young Artist Award, California Concert Artist Competition and second prize at the Taiwan National Junior Violin Competition. Solomon was a 2-year recipient of the prestigious Fine Arts Affiliates with Dean’s Scholarship for the Distinction of Arts at Cole Conservatory of Music.

Solomon is the newly appointed principal second violinist of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, as well as a violinist in CityMusic Cleveland. He was the concertmaster of Cole Conservatory Symphony for three years, and has served as concertmaster of CIM Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Solomon has participated in masterclasses taught by Midori, Peter Salaff, members of Borromeo, Brentano, Rossetti, Takacs and Avalon string quartets. His current string quartet, the Thalia String Quartet, will be participating in Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Banff Music Center this summer working with Donald Weilerstein, Barry Shiffman, Tokyo, Emerson, Brentano, Keller and Artis Quartet. Besides performing, Solomon enjoys teaching privately, and was a teaching artist at Yale University and the MERIT program at MAW.

Solomon received his Master of Music from Yale School of Music in 2012 as a student of Syoko Aki. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, where he studied with Linda Rose. Currently, Solomon is an Artist Diploma student at Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Stephen Rose, principal second violinist of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Solomon plays on a 1905 Giovanni Cavani violin, kindly on loan from the Chi Mei Foundation in Taiwan. In his free time, Solomon enjoys playing table tennis and basketball, and watching movies.
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