First Violins

Frank Huang

Concertmaster
Max Levine Chair

First Prize Winner of the 2003 Walter W. Naumburg Foundation's Violin Competition and the 2000 Hannover International Violin Competition, Frank Huang has established a major career as a violin virtuoso. At the age of eleven, he performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra....

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Eric Halen

Associate Concertmaster
Ellen E. Kelley Chair

Recognized by the Houston Chronicle as a Houston favorite, Houston Symphony Acting Concertmaster Eric Halen’s violin playing has been described by critics as...

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Assia Dulgerska

Assistant Concertmaster
Cornelia and Meredith Long Chair

Assia Dulgerska has been recognized as a “virtuoso violinist” and her playing has been described by critics as...

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Qi Ming

Assistant Concertmaster
Fondren Foundation Chair

Qi Ming, violin, was born in Canton, China. She was educated at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the...

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Marina Brubaker

Hewlett-Packard Company Chair

Marina Brubaker, violin, was born in Tuscon, AZ into a family of musicians. Her father was a violist, conductor, composer and educator, and her mother...

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Alexandra Adkins

Texas native Alexandra Adkins joined the first violin section of the Houston Symphony in 2000. Prior to her appointment in Houston she was a member of...

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MiHee Chung

MiHee Chung was born in Seoul, Korea. She left her native country at age 15 to attend Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.

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Rodica Gonzalez

Rodica Gonzalez, violinist, was born in Bucharest, Romania, where she began her violin studies at age four. Following undergraduate work in her native country...

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Ferenc Illenyi

Ferenc Illenyi, violin, is a native of Hungary where his first teacher was his father, a violinist with the Hungarian State Opera. He made his debut in...

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Si-Yang Lao

Si-Yang Lao, violinist, originally from China, he began his violin studies with his father at the age of seven. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from the prestigious Shang-Hai Conservatory of Music...

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Kurt Johnson

Kurt Johnson, violin, was born in Chicago, Illinois. He studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and received his master of music degree from...

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Christopher Neal

Christopher Neal joined the Houston Symphony in 2001. Prior to that he was a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre, North Carolina Symphony and...

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Sergei Galperin

A native of Moscow, Russia, Sergei Galperin began violin studies at the age of five and shortly thereafter gave his first public performance in the Concert Hall of the Moscow Conservatory... 

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Oleg Chelpanov

 
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