Winner of the prestigious 3Arts Award and a Camargo Foundation Fellow in France. Chihsuan (Violin, Erhu, Piano), a native of Taiwan, began studying music at a very early age. Today, her renowned skill and eclectic versatility with the violin, erhu, and piano can be heard throughout the globe. From playing with Yo-Yo Ma and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, to Grammy Award winner David Foster and playing for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Chihsuan’s body of work spans across a multitude of genres and reaches beyond borders.
As a long-standing member of the legendary, Corky Siegel's ChamberBlues, Chihsuan has toured the world over and participated in such highly acclaimed stages and music festivals as the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Lollapalooza, SXSW, World Music Festival Chicago, CMJ, Feria de las Artes in Sinaloa, Mexico, and Festival de Musica de Camara in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Her expansive collaborations carry over to Las Guitars de Espana, a Spanish guitar/flamenco ensemble and frequently performs with Grammy nominated artist, Matthew Santos. She has performed with a myriad of chamber music ensembles, including Chicago Opera Theatre, Fulcrum Point Music Project, Chinese Fine Arts Society of Chicago, Access Contemporary Music, Yellow River Performing Arts, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony, Metropolis Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, Ensemble Del Niente, and International Chamber Artists.
Chihsuan's work reaches beyond live music and can also be heard on the trailer for the feature film Hyde Park on Hudson, starring Bill Murray as well as in independent film “Forced Perspective”. In 2014, Chihsuan performed on recordings for Brian Wilson's 11th studio album "No Pier Pressure," and recorded with him on “Soundstage” for PBS with at the Venetian Theater in Las Vegas, and went on North America tour with Bollywood mega star, Arijit Singh. Later she appeared on more "Soundstage" productions with singer-songwriter Regina Spektor, Jim Peterick for Survivor and Katherine McPhee. In 2016, she also joined on a national tour with REM's bassist, Mike Mills.
While being featured as a soloist in various recordings and performances, Chihsuan continues to work and record with a variety of artists and released her debut solo album Ways to Say Hello, a mix of original Global/Electronic compositions in 2014. Her composition of “Hanoi” with guitarist Carlo Basile was awarded finalist for the International Acoustic Music Awards in 2018. Chihsuan is currently recording a studio album with her brand new electronic/acoustic duo ESCP along with Bob Garrett. They plan on releasing it in 2019.
January 8 Ensemble Surabhi Hanoi Rock City Hanoi, Vietnam Event Website
January 9 Ensemble Surabhi National Music Song & Dance Theatre Hanoi, Vietnam
January 9 Ensemble Surabhi Young Beat School Hanoi, Vietnam
January 10 Ensemble Surabhi La Bodega Long Bien Hanoi, Vietnam Event Website
January 16 Private Event World Trade Center Club Taipei, Taiwan
January 17 Private Event Taipei City Hall Taipei, Taiwan
January 27 Chamberblues Teatro Angela Peralta Mazatlan, Mexico Event Website
February 16 Private Event with Corky Siegel Chicago, Illinois
February 21 Los Inmortales La Sirena Clandestina Chicago, Illinois Event Website
February 23 Chamberblues The Back Room at Colectivo Milwaukee, Wisconsin Event Website
July 20 Chamberblues Acorn Theater Three Oaks, Michigan Event Website
October 2 Chamberblues City Winery Washington, DC Info to come
Octorber 12 Chamberblues SPACE Evanston Evanston, Illinois Info to come
February 2 Chamberblues McIntyre Hall Mt.Vernon, Washington Event Website
February 3 Chamberblues John Shedd Institute for the Arts Eugene, Oregon Event Website
February 18 ESCP Apple Store Michigan Ave Chicago, Illinois Event Website
February 19 Chicago Flamenco Fest City Winery Chicago, Illinois Event Website
February 25 Chamberblues Live @ 210 Highwood, Illinois Event Website
April 28 World Music Fest California Institute of Arts Los Angeles, CA Event Website
April 29 Chamberblues City Winery Nashville, Tennessee Event Website
May 25 Chamberblues AMP by Strathmore Bethesda, Maryland Info to come
June 23 Chamberblues Colonial Fox Theater Pittsburg, Kansas Event Website
July 6 Chamberblues City Winery Chicago, Illinois Event Website
July 8 Chamberblues Acorn Theater Three Oaks, Michigan Event Website
July 29 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) Las Vegas, Nevada Event Website
August 25 Oskar Cartaya Casa Arjona Long Beach, California Event Website
Octorber 15 Ensemble Surabhi City Winery Chicago, Illinois Event Website
Octorber 20 Chamberblues Acorn Theater Three Oaks, Michigan Event Website
Octorber 21 Chamberblues SPACE Evanston, Illinois Event Website
November 2 Oskar Cartaya Valencia Academy of the Arts Los Angeles, California
November 15 ESCP In the Realm of Senses Chicago, Illinois Event Website
November 16 Chamberblues Freedom Hall Park Forest, Illinois Info to come
November 17 ESCP In the Realm of Senses Chicago, Illinois Event Website