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Ran Cheng, violin

Ran Cheng has been a laureate for several international violin competitions and earned top prizes in the Stulberg International String Competition; China violin Competition Junior division and Northern China Violin Competition.

Recently appointed assistant concertmaster (acting concertmaster) of Lansing symphony orchestra, Ran is active as soloist and chamber musician, in demand as both as violinist and violist. Recent projects include a CD recording of Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet with Centaur Records and her collaboration (serving as Concertmaster) with Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings in a performance of Richard Einhorn’s “Voices of light” at the Detroit Institute of Arts. She will also appear later this season as guest Concertmaster of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra.

Ran began playing the violin at age three and was admitted to the renowned China Central Conservatory at age ten. She then earned her Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music studying with Professor Marilyn McDonald, where she also served as Concertmaster of the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra. Her graduate studies were with Professor Kevork Mardirossian on violin and Professor Edward Gazouleas on viola, both at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

In her free time, Ran enjoys sewing and gardening.