She is a Chinese violinist and private teacher brought
up during the Cultural Revolution who began to play the paino when she was
five and the violin when she was eight. She appeared with the Peking Opera Company when she was
She took her studies at the Shanghai and Shenyang
Conservatory and won second place at the National Youth Violin Competition
of China and third at the San Diego Youth Music Competition.
She moved to the United States to take further studies
at the University of Miami and after she started on her career as a
professional musician she became a member of the Concerto Soloists Chamber
Orchestra of Philadelphia and was an alternate violinist for the
Philadelphia Orchestra when it was under the conductorship of Ricardo Muti.
She moved to Florida in 1988 and held the position of
Assistant Concertmaster with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra for two
years until their final performance in 2003 where she was promoted to
perform the part of Concertmaster.
She had been a member of the orchestra for 11 years. She is currently a member of the
Florida Atlantic University Chamber Soloists.
As a soloist or chamber member she has also performed as
concertmaster with the Miami Chamber Symphony, Associate Concertmaster with
the Florida Grand Opera and also with the Delray String Quartet and Palm
Beach Chamber Music Festival. In
1997 she was one of the many Chinese musicians that played at the
Reunification Ceremony of Hong Kong.
No stranger to the recording studio she has appeared
on albums in the classical and pop genres that include This Is Where I
Came In by Bee Gees, Portrait of the Blues by Bobby “Blue”
Bland, Illuminations by Chamber Music Palm Beach, Unwrapped
by Gloria Estefan, Stay Close to Home by Dorothy Moore, The Big
Bang by Busta Rhymes, Gift by Jon Secada, I Know It’s Wrong…But
I Just Can’t Do Right by Johnnie Taylor and Gloria! Gloria! with
Benita Valenta, The Philadelphia Singers & The Concerto Soloists
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia among many others.
As one of the Delray String Quartet she is on the
faculty for the University of Miami’s Young Musicians’ Summer Camp in 2010.
Philadelphia Singers recordings
Adeste Fidelis (John Francis Wade)
RCA 6559-2-RC (Gloria! Gloria!)
Soprano – Benita Valente
Concerto Soloists Chamber
Orchestra of Philadelphia
Conductor – Michael Korn