Hometown: Long Beach, CA
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Solomon Liang is a junior in the Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach, studying under violin pedagogue Linda Rose. He was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and his family moved to Irvine, California when he was 12. As the winner of the CSULB Concerto Competition, Mr. Liang performed Henri Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No.5 with the University Symphony Orchestra in the spring of 2008. Mr. Liang was the grand prize winner of the Music Teachersí Association of California Statewide VOCE Competition, and played at the MTAC Convention in Santa Clara in 2007. He also won first place in Southwest Youth Music Festival and the California Concert Artists Competition, as well as second place in the Taiwan National Violin Competition. Mr. Liang is the recipient of the $5000 Fine Arts Affiliates/Deanís Scholarship for Distinction in the Arts. He was also the recipient of $2000 Yamaha Instrumental Scholarship in 2007.
Solomon is the concertmaster of the Cole Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the University String Quartet. In the past, he had been the concertmaster of the All Southern California Honor Orchestra (two consecutive years), Irvine District Honor Orchestra, University High School Symphony Orchestra, and first violinist of the Aspen Music Festival Sinfonia, Bowdoin Chamber Orchestra, and Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Solomon has recently played in a master class taught by Martin Chalifour, the concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In February, Mr. Liang and his trio performed in Midori Gotoís chamber music master class. The trio was invited to perform in the Clyde Montgomery Concert hosted by the Shumei Arts Council of America in April. Mr. Liang has also worked with Henry Gronnier, Jeanne Lamon, Joel Smirnoff, Joan Kwuon, Mikhail Kopelman, Sergiu Schwartz, Oleh Krysa, Paul Kantor, Virginia Weckstrom, Cyrus Forough, and among others.
Solomon was a scholarship student of many music festivals including, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and School, Summit Music Festival, and California Chamber Music Institute.