Christopher Lin | Violin
Lovingly coerced by his parents to play violin at the tender age of four, Chris now realizes the foresight they had despite his protestations back then. He has won first prizes at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival, and served as associate concertmaster and concertmaster of all-southern California, all-state California, and all-national honor orchestras. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall with the National Festival Orchestra, under Benjamin Zander. Currently, he is a member of the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. Chris considers his most influential teachers to be Mischa Lakirovich and Daniel Kobialka. Chris graduated from UC Berkeley with a double degree in Computer Science and Mathematics in 2011, and is now a PhD student in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, doing research in Artificial Intelligence. To learn more about what Chris does during his day job, check out his personal website.
Michael Shen | Violin
Michael is a former violinist of the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and was the concertmaster of the San Diego Youth Symphony. Michael studied violin under Hernan Constantino. Currently, he works as a Sr. Marketing Manager at Amazon and has previously held roles at Oliver Wyman, Citadel, and the MIT endowment. Michael enjoys music production and travel photography. Check out his music and photography.
Ching-Jung Janice Lee | Cello
Janice is an active performer and coach in greater Seattle area. She began playing the piano at age five and cello at nine. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Cello Performance from National Tainan University, Taiwan and her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from the University of Washington under Toby Saks. Janice performs regularly with Puget Sound Concert Opera, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Pacifica Chamber Orchestra and the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to freelancing, Janice also serves as pianist at Kennydale United Methodist Church.
Jonathan Icasas | Viola
Jonathan started playing the violin at age 9, lasting only three days when he learned his friends were playing the viola, and hasn’t stopped since. Studying for ten years under Diane Brady in the frigid tundras of St. Cloud, Minnesota, a side-by-side performance experience with the Minnesota Orchestra solidified music as a permanent part of his life. While studying mechanical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology and designing and building race cars on the RIT Formula SAE team, he joined the RIT Philharmonia where he also became a founding member of the RIT Philharmonia String Quartet under the coaching of Dr. Michael Ruhling. He moved to Seattle after graduation to work for a major aircraft manufacturer and joined the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. When he isn’t working or playing music, he can be found enjoying a diverse set of interests including photography and flying airplanes.