Backstage Pass: Musicians at Home

As we all stay at home, many families are looking for enriching activities to do together, and the households of Houston Symphony musicians are no different. Some have been involving their children in joyous music-making and encouraging you to do the same through video and photos shared on the Houston Symphony’s YouTube channel and social … Continued

Backstage Pass: Musicians in the Community with David Kirk

Houston Symphony musicians are full-time members of the orchestra, but many still dedicate their spare time to serving our community by working with local schools and other community partners, such as hospitals, shelters, and senior care centers. This month, David Kirk, principal tuba, told us about his passion for bringing music into Houston-area communities. Why … Continued

Backstage Pass: What’s in My Case? with MuChen Hsieh

MuChen Hsieh, principal second violin, shares what’s inside her violin case. 1. VIOLIN by Boston violin maker Andrew Ryan. “I commissioned this violin in 2014 while living in Boston.” 2. CLOTH COVER protects the violin inside the case. “It came from the inside liner of a dress my grandma made for me.” 3. BOWS by maker … Continued

Backstage Pass: Robin Kesselman

Robin Kesselman was appointed Principal Bass of the Houston Symphony by Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada in 2014. He has performed as guest principal bass with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Israel Philharmonic, traveled internationally with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and appeared with the National, Atlanta, and Baltimore Symphonies. Robin frequently performs … Continued

Backstage Pass: Wei Jiang

Born in Wuhan, China, Wei Jiang began studying violin with his father at age 5, then studied viola after being admitted to the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Immediately upon graduating with the highest honors, Jiang became the youngest person to be appointed to a teaching position at the Conservatory. During his five-year … Continued

Backstage Pass: Tina Zhang

Tina Zhang has been a violinist with the Houston Symphony since 2011. Prior to joining the orchestra, she received her bachelor’s degree in both music and mathematics at Bard College where she studied with Weigang Li. She went on to complete her master’s degree at Rice University with Cho-Liang Lin. After starting the violin at … Continued


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