Pinfei Tang – M.M.
Ms. Pin Fei Tang graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-champion and the Peabody Music Conservatory with Master of Music and the Artist Diploma studied with Professor Laurien Laufman and Stephen Kates.
During the years of study there, she won the first prize of the Rolland String Competition. After graduation from Peabody,she got into the doctoral program in the University of Maryland studied with Professor Evelyn Elsing and the Guarneri String Quartet. She has been teaching cello and chamber music in La Sierra University since 1996.
Ms Tang is actively involved on stage performance for chamber music and solo and also has been frequently invited to judge competitions and teaching in festivals such as American String Teachers Association Competition, the 6th China National Cello Competition in Beijing China, CMTANC International Youth Music Competition in San Jose, the 1st Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong, Steinway Midsummer Music Festival, the International String Music Summer Festival in Vancouver, Canada and the Montecito International Music Festival in Santa Barbara.
Jonathan Thomson – DMA
Though originally from Custer, WA, Jonathan has been an active performer and teacher in the Los Angeles area since 2005. He has performed internationally in England, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, South Korea and China. As a chamber musician, Jonathan has competed at the Fischoff and Coleman competitions, and received guidance from the Kronos, St. Lawrence, Brentano, Lafayette, and Penderecki quartets. He has taught at Azusa Pacific University since 2008 and was a Teaching Fellow in the top-rated Musicology Department at UCLA. He has also taught for many years at private music academies and for prominent organizations like Harmony Project and Education Through Music—LA. Jonathan currently serves on the board of CalASTA as the Assistant Editor of statewide publications and blogs for cellobello.com. If not teaching or practicing, you will most likely find him training for his next marathon or 10k.
Kraig is a freelance double bassist and music educator. He has performed with the Santa Monica Symphony, Orange County Symphony, Symphony Irvine, West Covina Symphony, Dream Orchestra Los Angeles, Lyra Chamber Orchestra, Lake Avenue Chamber Symphony, and the American Youth Symphony among others. Kraig received degrees in double bass from Azusa Pacific University and California State University Los Angeles, where he also studied music education. In addition to teaching privately, Kraig is a double bass coach in Arcadia and San Gabriel School Districts and coaches bass sectionals for local youth orchestras.