Michael MA

Born in Vienna of Chinese parents, Michael Ma was taught the violin initially by his father before being accepted at age 14 to the Curtis Institute and the New School of Music, Philadelphia, to study under Ivan Galamian and Adolph Brodsky. Upon graduating, he began performing with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia and founded the New Art String Quartet which toured throughout Europe, United States and the Middle East. He has appeared frequently as soloist, and held the position of concertmaster with many orchestras including the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, the Mainly Mozart Festival, San Diego, and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his appointment as Head of Strings at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1996, he was Professor of Violin at the University of Oklahoma.

Academic and professional qualifications

 Artist Diploma                       :           Curtis Institute of Music, USA         (1963)

Artist Diploma                       :           New School of Music, Philadelphia              (1968)

 

 

Professional experience

  •  Concertmaster: Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra (1985-1995), Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (1992-1993), Mainly Mozart Festival, San Diego (1989-1996), New Mexico Symphony (1988-1992), Oklahoma Symphony (1985-1988), Santa Fe Opera (1977-1996), North Carolina Chamber Orchestra (1976-1985), Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia (1971-1976).
  • Guest Concertmaster: Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Philharmonic (2004, 2005).
  • Solo Performances with: Taipei Symphony Orchestra (2005), Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (2003), Hong Kong Sinfonietta (2002), Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra (1995, 1986, 1985), New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (1990, 1991).
  • External Examiner: Macau Orchestra (2003, 2004), Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra (2003, 2004).
  • Adjudication: ARD International Music Competition, Munich, Germany (2013), ISANGYUN Competition (2011), Global Youth Music Competition in 2010, Menuhin Competition (2008), Taiwan National Violin Competition (2004), Monte Carlo International Violin and Piano Competition (2004), Sarasate International Violin Competition (2003), Tchaikovski International Violin Competition (2002), Singapore National Violin Competition (2001).

 

 

Relevant teaching experience

  •  Full-time Posts: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (1996-present), University of Oklahoma, Assistant Professor of Violin (1985-1996), Lancaster (PA) Conservatory, Instructor of Violin, Chamber Music Coaching and Orchestra Training (1968-1975).
  • Visiting Professor: Queensland Conservatorium of Music; Wuhan Conservatory, China; Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Training program, Thailand; Taipei Normal University; Taipei Furan University; Beijing Central Conservatory.
  • Masterclass: Beijing Central Conservatory, Central Conservatory of Music, Shang hai, Thailand university, Shenyang, Changsha etc.

 


Current responsibilities

Individual instruction for Violin Majors, Strings Pedagogy, Concert Practice for Strings, String Chamber Music, Chamber Orchestra.



Other creative work
  • First Violin: Hong Kong Academy String Quartet (1996-present), Premiere Performance Series, St. Louis (1988), Quartet Oklahoma (1985-1996), North Carolina Symphony String Quartet (1976-1985), New Art String Quartet (1966-1976).
  • ARD International Music Competition, Munich, Germany (2013)
  • ISANGYUN Competition (2011)
  • Global Youth Music Competition in 2010
  • Menuhin Competition (2008)
  • Taiwan National Violin Competition (2004)
  • Monte Carlo International Violin and Piano Competition (2004)
  • Sarasate International Violin Competition (2003)
  • Tchaikovski International Violin Competition (2002)
  • Singapore National Violin Competition (2001)