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Michael Chu

First Violin

Born and raised in Minnesota, Michael Chu is both an active performer and music educator. Coming from a diverse music education including violin, piano, trumpet, and saxophone,
Michael enjoys drawing inspiration from many different influences and cultures. He actively seeks to expand his knowledge and understanding of both historical and contemporary styles,
respecting traditions while embracing new directions. Michael is a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where he received his B.M. in Violin Performance and Music Education
as a student of Sally O’Reilly. He later went on to receive his M.M. in Violin Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a student of Chen Zhao. Other influential teachers
have included Catherine Van Hoesen, Aaron Janse, and Blayne Barnes. Michael has placed in numerous competitions, including first prize in the Mary West Symphony Solo Competition, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Youth Chamber Music Competition, Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition, Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition, and was a National Finalist in the MTNA Young Artist Performance Competition.