Kia-Hui Tan

Kia-Hui Tan

Kia-Hui Tan

Associate Professor of Violin

614 292-4651

N378 Timashev Building
1866 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Violin performance and pedagogy - solo, chamber, orchestral
  • Extensive repertoire for unaccompanied violin
  • Contemporary music and collaboration with living composers
  • Secondary: viola, piano/accompaniment, theory, conducting


  • DMA, The Cleveland Institute of Music
  • MM, The Cleveland Institute of Music
  • BMus (Hons), Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London, England)

Violinist Kia-Hui Tan has performed as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in the majority of U.S. states and about two dozen 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 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 the COVID-19 pandemic, in August 2020 Tan published a free open-access web 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. Associate professor at The Ohio State University and a proud recipient of Ohio State’s School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award, Tan continues to be active as performer, masterclass presenter and competition adjudicator while incorporating principles of Tai Chi and Alexander Technique in her violin playing and teaching.


View solo violin performances on YouTube channel

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