Janice Tsai

Section Viola

Born in Taiwan, Janice Tsai began piano lessons at age five and violin lessons at age nine. At the age of sixteen she was accepted at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with violin professor Peter Zhang Shi Xiang, and subsequently won scholarships for the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts on both violin and viola studying with Barry Wilde and Jeremy Williams, respectively. Janice was awarded another scholarship to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music – University of Sydney, where she was awarded a Masters of Music degree under the guidance of viola pedagogue Winifred Durie.

Throughout her study and beyond, Janice has had the opportunity to work with and participate in masterclasses with some renowned musicians: Ruggiero Ricci, Cho-Liang Lin, Nigel Kennedy, William Percell, Sylvia Rosenberg, Malcolm Bilson, James Dunham, Yo-Yo Ma, Andrew Marriner and Lynn Harrell. Her love for travelling and making music has taken Janice to music festivals across the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria, France, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Janice has performed across Europe, Australia and Asia, with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Hong Kong Academy Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she lectures in Viola at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and regularly collaborates with re: mix Singapore, the Singapore Lyric Opera and has held violin and viola recitals in Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia.