Kia-Hui Tan has performed as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in 25 U.S. states and 20 countries on five continents, including at London's Barbican Hall and New York's Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. Described in The Strad as a “violinist whose virtuosity was astonishing," she has won numerous awards including the Bronze Medal at the first NTDTV Chinese International Violin Competition at Town Hall in 2008. Included in her repertoire of over 400 solo or chamber works are premiere performances of works by more than 70 living composers. She has been a member of various new music ensembles and is frequently invited to perform at contemporary music festivals and conferences, often presenting themed lecture-recitals on the vastly unexplored repertory for unaccompanied solo violin. An experienced orchestral violinist, she had served as concertmaster under Sir Colin Davis and Mstislav Rostropovich, among many other notable conductors.
Currently associate professor of violin, Tan had been on faculty at Cornell University, the University of Toledo, The Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland Music School Settlement before joining the Ohio State faculty in 2005. She is in demand as a master class presenter, adjudicator, strings coach and guest conductor in high schools, colleges and youth orchestras; her outreach activities have extended as far as China and Colombia. She is the recipient of the 2008-2009 School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award.
Tan studied piano, violin, music theory and composition in her native country, Singapore, before receiving scholarships to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Cleveland Institute of Music where she was conferred the doctor of musical arts degree in 2001. Her principal teachers included David Takeno, David Updegraff and Stephen Shipps. She continues to explore how Alexander Technique, Tai Chi and Nervous System Energy Work influence and enhance her violin playing and teaching.