After studying for 10 years at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Rong-Yan Tang came to the United States to study on full scholarship with renowned teachers Camilla Wicks and Donald Weilerstein. Prior to joining the CSO, Tang already had a wealth of orchestral experience, including several titled positions, most recently the associate concertmaster chair of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. As a soloist, she has appeared in China, Hong Kong and France, and she has performed with several orchestras in the U.S.
Tang also has extensive chamber music experience. As the first violinist of the Fry Street Quartet, her performances include appearances on the Carnegie Hall Rising Stars series, the New School Schneider Concert series, and at the 92nd Street “Y.” Her honors and awards from competitions are numerous; most notable are the Millennium Grand Prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, first prize in the Yellow Springs National Chamber Music Competition, and the solo Bach prize at the Corpus Christi International Violin Competition.
As a protégée of Isaac Stern, Tang was afforded the use of a violin from his private collection, and she has performed by Stern’s invitation at the Carnegie/Weill Hall President’s Circle.