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VIOLIN / Po-Wei Lai

Po-Wei Lai, a native of Taiwan, began his violin study at the age of six. His teachers include Kek-Tjiang Lim, Isaac Malkin, Keng Yuan Tseng, and Victor Danchenko. At age
of 11, he made his debut with Gwung-Fu Orchestra. At age of 14, he was a soloist with Double-Ten Orchestra, and performed at Lincoln Center in New York. Mr. Lai has won first prize in various competitions, including the Taiwan National Music Competition and the String Competition of Niagara International Chamber Music Festival. In 1998, Mr. Lai moved to United States and was honored with scholarship participating the Precollege of Manhattan School of Music. He completed undergraduate and graduate violin performance degrees under Victor Danchenko at the Peabody Conservatory of
Johns Hopkins University. He was honored with Merit Scholarship for his undergraduate and full Dean Scholarship for his graduate studies. Mr. Lai also studied conducting with Harlan D. Parker during school years at Peabody Conservatory. As an active solo and chamber musician, Mr. Lai performed throughout the major cities in Taiwan, Australia, Canada, and United States, and is a founding member of C'est Bon Chamber Music Academy. For the past few years, he was frequently invited to perform in major events from various organizations such as Tzu Chi Foundation, Fortnightly Music Club, Chinese Music Teachers Association of Northern America, North America Taiwanese Women's Association, and Taiwanese American Federation of Northern California. In 2015, Mr. Lai conducted BAYMS youth orchestra in Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, New York, and received high praise. Now Mr. Lai maintains a teaching studio at San Jose, CA, and serves as the conductor and chamber music coach at Bay Area Youth Music Society.


VIOLIN / Craig Bate

A graduate of the Juilliard School and Indiana University, violist Craig Bate has appeared as soloist throughout the United States, including a concerto performance in Bloomington, IN, as the winner of Indiana University’s concerto competition. He was also the Grand Prize Winner at the Gee Viola Competition in Aspen, Colorado. While a student at Juilliard, he was invited to tour Europe and the United States with the Juilliard Orchestra. He was also selected to perform on a nation-wide PBS broadcast for Juilliard’s centennial anniversary. Before moving to California, Mr. Bate was a member of the Eykamp String Quartet in residence at the University of Evansville. He has served as Principal Violist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky and Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. At age 17, he became the youngest member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, where he was offered tenure two years later.


VIOLIN / Brigid Coleridge

Merz violinist Brigid Coleridge has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in major international concert venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room and Buckingham Palace. A current doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center in Midtown, NY, Brigid holds graduate degrees from the Royal College of Music in London and a bachelor's from Melbourne University in her native Australia (concentrating in violin performance, French language, and English literature). Brigid is a frequent recitalist, most recently having completed a recital tour of Holland with Merz pianist Lee Dionne. She has appeared as a concerto soloist performing works of Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Shostakovich.