First Violins

Frank Huang

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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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

Contracted Substitute


Anastasia Sukhopara

Contracted Substitute


Evgenia Zharzhavskaya

Contracted Substitute


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