Faculty and Staff Directory
Title/s: Instructor of Violin, Viola
Office #: Mundelein 1102
Chinese violinist MingHuan Xu is a multi-faceted performer with unique communicative abilities. She has delighted audiences with her passion, incredible technique, sensitivity and charisma. Her versatility allows her to perform an eclectic mix of musical styles, ranging from standard works to avant-garde contemporary repertoire. She has performed extensively as a concerto soloist, duo-recitalist and chamber musician across China, Europe, North America and South America.
MingHuan’s latest recital and chamber music performances have brought her to Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. She has also appeared at the Colours of Music Festival, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, the Mammoth Lakes Music Festival, the SoundaXis Festival, the Triada Music Festival, the X-Avant Festival, and other concert series all over North America. MingHuan has worked with such chamber musicians as Colin Carr, Eugene Drucker, Ilya Kaler, Ani Kavafian, Meng-Chieh Liu, and the St. Petersburg String Quartet. She also tours extensively and internationally as a part of Duo Diorama with her husband, pianist Winston Choi, and also as a member of Pivot Chamber Soloists. Her numerous performances have included live radio broadcasts on National Public Radio (NPR), WFMT (Chicago) and CBC Radio. Her Carnegie Hall debut was featured on Voice of America, a weekly magazine show viewed by millions of people in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
At the age of 18, she made her New York debut as a soloist with the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra, and since then has performed with orchestras such as the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra, the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, the Lakeshore Symphony Orchestra, the Northshore Chamber Orchestra, the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, and the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra.
As a champion of contemporary music MingHuan plays both the works of established masters and emerging young composers. She has premiered over 30 works by composers such as Marcos Balter, George Flynn, Felipe Lara, John Melby, M. William Karlins, Daniel Weymouth, Amy Williams, Jay Alan Yim, and Mischa Zupko. She has also worked closely with William Bolcom, John Corigliano, and Bright Sheng. Her passions involve multi-disciplinary projects, which also include collaborations with electronic media.
At the age of six, MingHuan made her recital debut in Beijing, and at the age of eleven, she won 1st Prize at the Beijing Young Artists Competition. Her many competition successes also include winner of the Artists International Presentations Auditions, grand prize winner of the International Young Artist Competition of Midland-Odessa, and finalist of the Concert Artist Guild competition in New York.
MingHuan’s studies were at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, the Interlochen Arts Academy, Northwestern University and Stony Brook University. Her principal teachers were Julia Bushkova, Victor Danchenko, Almita Vamos, Pamela Frank and Ani Kavafianr. Previously Assistant Professor of Violin at Grand Valley State University, she is now on faculty at Loyola University in Chicago. MingHuan plays on a 1758 Nicolas Gagliano violin.