Rong-Yan Tang was appointed to the first violin section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Daniel Barenboim in 2003. After graduating from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, she came to the United States on full scholarship to study with Camilla Wicks at Louisiana State University and Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Prior to joining the CSO, Tang's career included several titled orchestral positions, most recently associate concertmaster of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. As a soloist, she has performed in China, Hong Kong, and France, as well as with several U.S. orchestras.
As a protégée of lsaac Stern, Tang plays on a violin from Stern's private collection, and by his invitation, performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Tang also has extensive experience as a chamber musician. As first violin of the Fry Street Quartet, her performances include appearances as part of Carnegie Hall's Rising Stars series, The New School's Schneider Concert series, and at New York City's famed 92nd Y. A winner of numerous awards and competitions, Tang considers the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition's Millennium Grand Prize and first prize in the Yellow Springs National Chamber Music Competition her most notable.
Tang currently performs as a chamber musician on the CSO's chamber music series and for educational concerts at Chicago Public Schools. She has appeared in recital at the Art Institute of Chicago and on Chicago WFMT-FM radio broadcasts, and also as a soloist with regional orchestras.