David Chao (Violin)
David Chao graduated from Cornell University where he majored in International Political Economics and minored in music theory. At Cornell, he was a violin student under Prof. TAN Kia-hui and the late Professor John Hsu. He was also the Principal of the Cornell Chamber Ensemble. David was selected as a Congress-Bundestag Scholar and was the Associate Concert Master of Sinfonieorchestra Munster, Germany. He first started playing the violin when he was 6 years old in Pasadena, California and was a violin student of Joyce Osborn. Over the years, David has been a soloist with several orchestras in California, including the Claremont Symphony and the Downey Symphony Orchestra. Professionally, David is the head of Foreign Direct Investment Advisory at United Overseas Bank.
Ainsleigh Hennig (Violin)
Ainsleigh Hennig grew up in a very artistic family – growing up surrounded by world-class music, theatre and dance performances in her hometown of Ottawa, Canada, it was a natural progression for her to take up the violin at the age of nine. She spent several years sharing her passion for the violin as a volunteer instructor with OrKidstra, an organization providing music lessons to underprivileged children in Ottawa. Ainsleigh continued her music studies in university as she pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a focus on music theory and musicology at the University of Guelph. At university, she was an active chamber musician, and also acted as sound designer and soloist for several University theatrical productions. She was frequently invited to perform, both as a soloist and chamber musician, at special events across the University and broader Guelph community. Ainsleigh is currently the Development Officer for Premiere Performances of Hong Kong, a presenter of internationally celebrated artists in solo recitals and chamber music.
David Lee Coates (Viola)
David Lee Coates began his music studies at the age of 5 on the violin, and moved to viola when he was 14. David attended the Settlement School Curtis Branch in South Philadelphia, studying under Sid Curtiss, from 2001-2004, as well as the Temple Music Prep program from 2001-2001. He also participated in the Interlochen, Tanglewood, and Encore summer music programs. At the university level, he studied under Toby Appel at the Juilliard School from 2004-2005, and under Karen Dreyfus at the Manhattan School of Music from 2005-2006. David holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Columbia University, and currently works as an equity trader at Turiya Capital Management in Hong Kong.
Radhika Mahidhara (cello)
Radhika Mahidhara has been playing cello since the age of 7, and has performed as a soloist with several orchestras in South Africa including the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. An avid chamber musician and soloist, she continued pursuing music while studying at the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Finance and Management at the Wharton School of Business, and minored in Music, under the tutelage of Yumi Kendall (Assistant Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra). She currently works in the Corporate & Investment Bank at Citibank in Hong Kong and is very involved with Premiere Performances in her spare time. Together with other music enthusiasts, she spearheaded the Young Music Lovers Circle, a young patrons initiative for Premiere Performances. Radhika’s musical inspiration is her sister, Pallavi Mahidhara, a world-renowned classical pianist currently residing in Madrid, Spain.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String quartet no. 14 in G major
I. Allegro vivace assai
III. Andante cantabile
IV. Molto allegro
String Quartet no. 12, “American”
I. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Molto vivace
IV. Finale: vivace ma non troppo