Violinist who graduated
from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1981 and went on to become a member
of the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. In 1987, they appeared on the
Christmas album, Gloria! Gloria!. She was one of the four violins
featuring in a performance of Vivaldi’s “Concerto in B minor
for Four Violins” at the Laurel Festival of the Arts in 1995. In 1996, she appeared as a member of
Orchestra 2001 on the album, Distant
Runes: Music of Our Time, Vol.
She is now
known as Mei-Chen Liao-Barnes and the Concerto Soloists are now known as The
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and she serves as Associate
Concertmaster and First Violin.
Members of the newly named ensemble collected to help form The
Colonial Players for a special concert entitled “A Colonial Holiday”
on 17th December 2004.
From 2006 to
2008, she was a featured artist with the Encore Chamber Players, and in
that capacity, performed in a program entitled “Music for Flute,
Violin and Cello” which spotlighted composers as variegated as Georg
Philip Telemann, Reinhold Gliere, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. In 2008, she performed Bach’s
Brandenburg Concertos at The Bach Festival in Philadelphia,
whom she has worked range from Elmer Bernstein to Thee Phantom. Her students include Brian Chang and
Elizabeth McPeak. On 25th February 2010,
she and Derek Barnes performed Miklos Rozsa’s “Theme and Variations” in
concert with the Main Line Symphony Orchestra.
Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of
Fidelis (Frederick Oakeley/John Francis Wade)