Dr. Ying Zhang won the “Aldo Parisot prize” while studying at Yale, won the first prize of the New York International Artists Competition in 2016, as a result, she performed concert in Carnegie Hall in 2016. Ying won the second price of International Music Competition 'Salzburg' Grand Virtuoso in 2017. She was the first prize winner of the Cello Concerto Competition of the Central Conservatory of Music in China in 2005, and also received a number of awards in the 4th Central Conservatory of Music Cello Competition and the 5th National Cello Competition. Dr. Zhang won ‘cello friend’ scholarship from the University of Texas while her studying. During her study, she has also been fortunate to enjoy working with world-famous musicians such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Wang Jian, Tan Dun, Kirill Shakhovskaya, Natalia, Andress Diaz, Desmond Hebig and Matian Wasiolka. In June 2008, she played and published the cello version of the Olympic theme song ‘You and Me’ for 2008 Olympic Games, and the CD album is widely broadcasted.
Highlights of Ying’s career include a large number of highly acclaimed performances. She has been fortunate to work with Krzysztof Penderecki and played his cello piece ‘Saranade’ and his Orchestra work ‘Requiem’ in Carnegie Hall under Peneresky’s conduct. At the same time, Ying has also played her chamber concert in Carnegie Hall and has performed famous American composer Steve Bryant’s cello concerto with UT Wind Symphony in Austin in 2012. Ying has performed in Carnegie again with solo repertoire in 2016. In 2008, she performed Tan Dun’s 12 cellos concerto with Orchestra under his conducting.
With her talent, she has her performing of Haydn's "Cello Concerto in C Major" as soloist with orchestra at the age of 8, and performed as soloist on Elgar's "Cello Concerto in E Minor" with the Xia Men Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Zheng Xiao Ying. In June 2005 .Ying performed as soloist on Chinese Composer Ma Sicong's "Cello Concerto" with Conductor Chu Yibing and the China Youth Symphony Orchestra in the "5th Gold Bell Award" opening ceremony concert in the Xing Hai Concert Hall in Guang Zhou. In 2012, she performed as soloist in Chinese New Year concert with Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra in China. She has also participated in ‘Morning side Music Bridge’ in Canada in 2003. The performances were memorable and much acclaimed success. In the "Beijing Modern Music Festival –2004", Ying performed the Chinese premier of contemporary American composer Philip Lasser's "Cello Sonata".
Ying is one of the founders of the ‘China Philharmonic Cello Octet Group’ which is famous and widely welcomed in China, and this group has two CD albums published with participation of Ying’s. She has been working on her group named ‘Long Horn cello quartet’ which has been held since 2012. And in March of 2007 she was invited to participate in the "Kronos Workshop" and perform in the Quartet Ensemble in South Korea, as founder of Sonork Quartet. In the same year, she won first prize in the "Central Conservatory of Music Chamber Music Competition" with her string quartet and in May 2007 Sonork Quartet was invited by Siemens Co Ltd in the Royal Granary, Beijing.
Ms. Yi Zhao graduated from the Southwest University School of Music with a major in piano performance. She is from a family with many talented muscians. Her mother graduated from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music.
Yi Zhao studied piano since childhood under the famous piano professor Guo Furong at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. She has over ten years of teaching experience, including 2004-2012 when she taught in the International Department of Shanghai Shang De Experimental School (currently named Shang De After School Learning Center) and private teaching.
Ms. Zhao is experienced in teaching piano to children and adults. Expertise in cultivating students' perceptions of music, inspiring students to control the musical directions and atmosphere. She has been selected as one of the most outstanding young music teachers in Shanghai.
Ms. Chen has been studying Dance since childhood with deep passion and love for dance.
She is a registered teacher at the Chinese Dancers Association. Ms. Chen attained professional dancing skills in ballet, classical dance, and Chinese dance for children. She frequently represents Sichuan Province in dance performances around the world including in the US and Japan. In addition to strong stage and dance choreography experience, Ms. Chen is proficient in color, sketch and other traditional art performance skills with many years of training in fine art painting.
Her personality is cheerful, warm and generous, which permeates her teaching style. Coupled with her serious, responsible attitude, good communication skills and the ability to foster enthusiasm in the classroom, she is universally well received by parents and students alike.
Certified Suzuki Violin Instructor. Graduated from University of Texas at Austin with Master Degree in Violin Performance.Penny Ping is originally from Shanghai, China and attended East China Normal University where she earned a Bachelors of Music degree. While attending University, she taught group lessons and private lessons with students whose ages ranging from kindergarten to adults for more than 6 years. She has also traveled to multiple countries performing with the Shanghai City Symphony Orchestra. Later She decided to further her studies at the University of Texas-Austin and under the care of Professor Sandy Yamamoto, she received a Masters of Music degree in Violin Performance.
Bart Chen works for a financial service company as a software engineer. He graduated from Beijing Normal University with engineering bachelor’s degree in 1996. Shown strong interested in Go game since childhood, has a profound knowledge of GO and chess law. He has been engaged in Children’s GO education for several years, Cheerful and genial personality. Excellent interpersonal, coordination and communication skills. Lively and interesting teaching style. Playing Go will help students improve logical thinking abilities, concentration and self-control, also memory enhancement.
Shimu Wang, graduated from UT Austin with Economics Degree. Possess in-depth knowledge of complex economic concepts, mathematics, and strong logic and analytical skills. Good at simplifying economics and mathematical data using modeling tools.
Outstanding oral and written communication skills in English and Chinese. Bilingual teaching experience in Houston high school. Professionally trained in China as a teacher for teaching Chinese as a second language;. Good at engaging students in the classroom
Ms. Min Liu graduated from Huashan School of Architecture in 2001. She later graduated from the Art Department of Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts in 2005 with a major in Environmental Art Design. She has worked for the United States architectural design firm JY, and Shanghai (Taiwan) Ya door architectural design firm. She has extraordinary management abilities and communication skills.
Ms. Liu specialized in Sketches, and oil painting, and is familiar with color, sketch and other traditional painting skills.
She has a profound artistic foundation, also has long term teaching experience. She is good at teaching children the fine art painting (oil painting, crayon painting, oil color, watercolor, powder, composite material).
Ms. Liu is particularly good at teaching painting techniques and can elicit enthusiasm from students with her cheerful and lively personality.
Has been studying Kung Fu since childhood. Her long time practice made her a solid skill as special at Yang Tai Chi. She is national level two athlete, level one boxer, level three referees. Chunyu has had many experiences in the domestic martial arts competitions and won the prizes. She won the Baoding City "wuwu cup" martial arts exhibition first prize in 1994, won the Baoding Wushu competition women's youth group first prize on traditional four at the same year. In 1997, she won Baoding traditional martial arts championship first prize and many other awards. Chunyu has a very rich teaching experience. She has been coaching in the matial arts school in China. In the United States, she has served as a Chinese school children's martial arts teacher, taught Changquan, children's martial arts, and taught adult Yang Tai Chi.