Kia-Hui Tan

Associate Professor

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" and Bronze Medalist at the first NTDTV Chinese International Violin Competition at New York's Town Hall, she has premiered works by more than 80 living composers, amongst her repertoire of over 400 solo or chamber works. 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. In response to COVID-19 pandemic conditions, in August 2020 Tan published a free online resource,, which provides programming details — including composers' race/ethnicity and gender — to approximately 700 unaccompanied violin works with circulating scores and recordings.

Tan studied piano, violin, music theory and composition in her native country, Singapore, before receiving scholarships to study with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (BMusHons) and David Updegraff at The Cleveland Institute of Music (MM/DMA). An experienced orchestral violinist, she had served as concertmaster under Sir Colin Davis and Mstislav Rostropovich, among many other notable conductors. Currently Associate Professor at The Ohio State University and a proud recipient of Ohio State’s School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Tan continues to be active as solo performer, master class presenter and competition adjudicator via Zoom and YouTube while incorporating principles of Tai Chi and Alexander Technique into her violin playing and teaching.


View solo violin performances on YouTube channel

Areas of Expertise
  • Violin
  • DMA, The Cleveland Institute of Music
Kia-Hui Tan
614 292-4651
309 Hughes Hall
1899 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210