Dr. Vincent Heng-Chen Chao is currently Professor of Violin at the National Chiayi University and National Taiwan Normal University in Taiwan. An outstanding violinist and pedagogue of international renown, Dr. Chao had served as honorary jury member of Pancho Vladigerov International Competition(Bulgaria), Singapore Raffles Competition, Shu-Te Sylvia Lee International Violin Competition(Taiwan), Taiwan National Competition, and given recitals and chamber music performances at world-renowned venues such as the Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Suntory Hall of Japan, and National Concert and Recital Halls of Taipei, among many others.
Dr. Chao received his advanced training mostly in the USA. His principal teachers include some of the greatest artists of our time, including Daniel Heifetz, James Buswell, Margaret Pardee, Dorothy Delay, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, and John Dalley of the Guarneri Quartet, earning advanced degrees from The Juilliard School and University of Maryland-College Park.
A specialist in chamber music and orchestral performance, Dr. Chao was invited by world-leading festivals such as Tanglewood, National Orchestral Institute, Heifetz International Music Institute of the USA, Pacific Music Festival of Japan, Schleswig-Holstein Festival of Germany, and had served professionally as Concertmasters of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra.
His past students have won many local and international prizes, including top prizes at the Menuhin competition, Michael Hill competition, Cooper Competition and Taiwan national competitions, and have won full-time positions at Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Hong Kong and Malaysian Philharmonic, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, etc. Dr. Chao also kept an excellent track of sending advanced students to prestigious music schools such as Curtis, Juilliard, New England Conservatory, among other fine European conservatories on the yearly basis.