Te-Chiang (Bacco) Liu, is a native of Taiwan. Mr. Liu started the violin at age of six, and was awarded the top prize at the Taiwan National Violin Competition in the Youth Division in 1996. Mr. Liu was accepted by the Queensland Conservatorium in Australia to study with renowned Australian Teacher, Carmel Kaine and won all Violin Prizes for two consecutive years. Te-Chiang received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance with Honor from Shih-Chien University, and was selected to be the Concertmaster for the National Defense Symphony Orchestra where he performed several state banquets for the President of Taiwan. Te-Chiang was offered full scholarships to attend the Boston Conservatory where he received a Masters Degree to study with Professor Lynn Chang in Violin Performance in 2009. Te-Chiang has been the Concertmaster at numerous orchestra and chamber concerts at the Boston Conservatory and has participated in a collaborative performance with renowned artist Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Chang, where he was selected to lead the Hememway String Chamber Ensemble in 2009.
Mr. Liu came to University of Minnesota for Doctoral of Music Arts degree to study with Professor Young-Nam Kim with full scholarships. Te-Chiang has been a soloist with various orchestras in Taiwan a, Australia and United States. He was also invited to perform in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany and U.S throughout the years. In addition, Te-Chiang has been an enthusiastic orchestral musician. He was invited to attend Tanglewood Music Festival in 2009 to work closely and perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Te-Chiang is currently the Concertmaster of the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Minnesota Symphony, and also a substitute musician for both Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. He also teaches as the Violin/Viola Faculty at Macphail Center for Music and, Southwest Minnesota State University.
Cindy Min, Violin
Hsin-Yin Min, is a native of Taipei, Taiwan. Miss Min started to play the violin at age of seven, and was awarded the 1st prize in the Taipei City Violin Competition in Youth Division 1993. Miss Min received Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Taipei Municipal University of Education, and was a regular performing violinist of several television broadcast shows. In 2007, Hsin-Yin was awarded scholarships to attend the Boston Conservatory where she received her Master's Degree in Violin Performance to study with Professor Lynn Chang. Miss Min was offered fellowships to study with Professor Young-Nam Kim at University of Minnesota for Doctoral of Musical Arts in Violin Performance in 2011. Hsin-Yin has been a regular substitute musician to perform with Boston Civic Symphony, Quad Cities Symphony orchestra, Duluth Superior Symphony orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra. Hsin-Yin is currently the principal second violin of Southwest Minnesota Orchestra and the violin instructor of Yinghua Academy Conservatory of Music.
Kirsti Petraborg, Viola
Kirsti Petraborg is keen chamber musician and an ardent teacher. Founding member of the Meadowlark String Quartet, Kirsti is an avid chamber musician and performs throughout the Twin Cities and southwest Minnesota. She also performs with the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra, where the Meadowlarks are principal string players and the resident quartet at Southwest Minnesota State University. In 2014, she taught at the first annual Southwest Minnesota String Festival, hosted by SMO and SMSU. Kirsti is also on the faculty of the Lutheran Summer Music Festival. She maintains teaching studios in the Twin Cities area, where her students hone their technique as well as learn the art of making music. Kirsti is principal violist of the Exultate Chamber Orchestra, and also performs with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. She has also played with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra and the LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra. Kirsti diversifies her playing opportunities by performing with the Latin group Charanga Tropical. Kirsti is passionate about sharing her love of the viola with others. She is currently on the board of the Minnesota Viola Society in the capacity of Past President. She received her doctoral degree in Viola Performance at the University of Minnesota, where she also earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. She has studied with Korey Konkol, Sabina Thatcher and Dr. Andrea Een.
Lindsay Schlemmer is an active freelance cellist and teacher in the Minneapolis Metro Area. As Principal cellist of the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra, she enjoys supporting their mission of educational outreach and building community along with performing great orchestral works. Lindsay is one of the founding members of the Meadowlark String Quartet. The Meadowlark Quartet performs both in the twin-cities as well as in Southwest Minnesota through both traditional chamber music concerts and educational classroom concerts. Lindsay serves as both the executive director and cello faculty at the Southwest Minnesota String Festival which takes place each summer at Southwest Minnesota State University.
In addition to teaching out of her home studio in South Minneapolis, Lindsay is also the Adjunct Cello Professor at Southwest Minnesota State University. She is a teacher for the "Musical Mentors" program at Valley View and Olson Middle Schools in Bloomington, MN, and teaches lessons at City of the Lakes Waldorf School in Minneapolis. She loves teaching students with a wide range of ages and backgrounds because she is amazed by the diversity of how each person learns, is motivated, and inspired by music.
Lindsay has been studying cello for seventeen years, and will begin her doctoral studies in the fall of 2015 with the Berneking Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She has had the privilege to study her passion with many inspirational teachers. Lindsay earned her Master's in cello performance at the University of Minnesota in 2011 under the guidance of Dr. Tanya Remenikova. At Illinois Wesleyan University, she earned her Bachelor of Music while studying with Dr. Nina Gordon. During her time at Wesleyan, Lindsay spent a semester studying music in Vienna Austria where she took lessons from cellist Joseph Luitz. Lindsay also had the privilege to perform in a chamber music festival and tour in Bulgaria. Before college, Lindsay studied with Dr. Ben Smith and Elise Kuutti in Duluth where she was first introduced to the vibrant world of music at an early age by her parents.
All of these experiences have shaped her as both a performer and teacher. Lindsay is grateful to be able to share her passion for music with not only audiences, but especially with her students!