attended the Juilliard
School and became a
member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra after his graduation in 1989. Other groups with whom he has worked
include The Boston Conservatory, the Boston Pops, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Hawthorne String Quartet, the
Juilliard Orchestra, the New Philharmonia
Orchestra, and the World Orchestra for Peace.
He already has
an impressive discography that includes America,
American Visions, The Celtic Album, Chamber Music from Theresienstadt,
Cradle Songs: Collected Lullabies from around the
World, David L. Post: String Quartets Nos. 2-4, The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th
Century, Haas; Krasa:
String Quartets, Holiday
Pops, Jazz for Lovers, Journey to Romance, My Favorite Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration, Sax Across America, Schulhoff:
Concertos alla Jazz, and We Are All Connected: Berklee
College of Music Reaches out to the Women of Darfur. He also appeared on the soundtracks
of The American Experience and Last Dance.
In April 1996,
he was a special guest of the Hawaii Youth Symphony at their Louis Vuitton 15th Anniversary Concert, which was
held at Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu. It was a homecoming of sorts for
Si-Jing, who spent part of his youth in Hawaii and whose family’s visa
expired. Senator Spark Matsunaga came to their rescue, however, and Si-Jing
won a scholarship to the ‘Iolani School.
String Quartet joined forces with the New Philharmonia
Orchestra in their 1996-1997 season. The program, entitled “Classics
II: Out of Darkness”,
paired Johannes Brahms’ “Tragic Overture” with Schulhoff’s “Concerto for String Quartet
and Chamber Orchestra”.
Next season, he was the guest soloist when the New Philharmonia interpreted Brahms’ “Symphony
No. 2 in D major, Op. 73”, Hector Berlioz’s “Le Corsair
Overture, Op. 21”, and Alexander Glazunov’s “Violin
Concerto, Op. 82”.
February 1998, The Boston Conservatory recorded “Five Aphorisms for
Violin and Piano, Op. 150” and “Haiku Seasons, Op. 124”
by Gardner Read and “Piano Quintet in F sharp minor, Op. 67” by
Amy Beach. Si-Jing figured in
the first and third of these.
String Quartet delivered the world premiere of Thomas Oboe Lee’s “Seven
Steps to Heaven” at Boston
College on 1st
serve up the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s pre-concert recital on 8th
August 2008 at Tanglewoood’s Ozawa
Hall. On the menu: John Harbison’s
“Six American Painters”; Franz Joseph Haydn’s “String
Quartet in C”; and, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “String
Quintet in G minor”.
February to 1st March 2009, they served a residency at the
Skidmore String Music Festival.
The festival included a performance by the foursome on 28th
February that comprised Elliott Carter’s “Fragment No. 2”,
Charles Ives’ “String Quartet No. 1”, and Franz Schubert’s
“String Quartet No. 13” (“Rosamunde”).
joined by guitarist Joel Brown on 20th April 2009 at Skidmore College’s Tang Gallery for the
andante mesto from Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s
“Quintet for Guitar and Strings, Op. 143”, the allegro moderato
of Pavel Haas’s “String
Quartet No. 3, Op. 15”, Gideon Klein’s “Fantasie a Fuga”, and Pavel Novak-Zemek’s “String
Quartet No. 6” (“Bells of Light”).
March 2010, they participated in the Menotomy
Concert Series on 5th March 2010 with a recital dedicated to the
music of John Kusiak at Town Hall in Arlington, Massachusetts.
one of a handful of musicians to share the stage with Andre Previn at the Prague Spring Festival on 28th
May 2010. Their program
included Elliott Carter’s “Gra for
Clarinet Solo”, Gideon Klein’s “Trio”, Mozart’s
“Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581” and “Piano Quartet
in E flat major, K. 493”, and the world premiere of Previn’s own “Clarinet Sonata”, with
soloist Thomas Martin.
Thomas were both on hand on 26th September 2010 for The Terezin Music Foundation Annual Gala Concert in New York, New
Along with harpist Jessica Zhou, they gave an airing of “Escape
Routines” by Miroslav Srnka.
November 2011, the Hawthorne String Quartet helped christen the Art of the
Americas Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with a recital of Ives’ “String
Quartet No. 1”, Thomas Oboe Lee’s “Morango…
Almost a Tango”, and David L. Post’s “String
Quartet No. 3”.
“Morango… Almost a Tango” and “String
Quartet” were amongst the works they performed at the Church of the
Redeemer in Chestnut Hill,
Massachusetts, on 21st
November 2010. The late
afternoon was rounded out by Johann Christian Bach’s “Quartet
No. 6 in B flat, Op. 18”, Beethoven’s “Quartet No. 2 in
G, Op. 18”, and Gideon Klein’s “Fantasie
and Fugue for String Trio”.
August 2011, the Hawthorne String Quartet, Thomas Martin and Jessica Zhou
delivered the BSO’s prelude concert which
included George Gershwin’s “Three Preludes”, Grandjany’s “Rhapsodie”,
David L. Post’s “String Quartet No. 3”,
and Miroslav Srnka’s
“Escape Routines”. The
main course consisted of Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9”,
with Lorin Maazel at