Rayna Yun Chou is a musician from Taiwan who has established herself as a rising young violist. She recently graduated from the New England Conservatory, where she earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. Beginning from September 2017, she will continue her studies with prof. Ettore Causa and Steven Tenenbaum at Yale School of Music. Rayna is also an aspiring entrepreneurial. She co-founded educational and lifestyle blog Music Traveler in 2014 and has since been invited to be a columnist for politically liberal Taiwanese online blog platform, Common Wealth Crossing. Her most current project includes a social experimental and interactive pop-up exhibition in Taichung city that was supported partially by New England Conservatory EM grant and successfully attracted more than three thousand visitors and several media coverages.
Rayna was born in 1993, and began learning the piano and viola at an early age with the encouragement from her mother. She was accepted into Yuanlin Elementary school and Stella Matutina Junior high school’s music elite classes and was a student of professors Yi-Wen Chao and Zhongcheng Chen. From the age of 11, she had won many competitions in Taiwan, includes the Taiwan National chamber competition first prize in 2004, Taiwan viola competition first prize in 2005. She also participated in masters classes with professor Nobuko Imai, Scott Lee, and Hsin-Yun Huang. After winning the National viola competition Regional first prize, and fifth prize in the final in 2008, she decided to leave home for the United States to study with former USC Thornton school of music string department chair and violist, Donald McInnes, at the Idyllwild Arts Academy.
During her four years in California, as a member and principal in the school orchestra, she performed regularly, includes the annual New Music concerts in Los Angeles, and a collaboration concert with British singer and songwriter Richard Thompson at UCLA Royce Hall. Aside from performances, she also participated in master classes with Los Angles Philharmonic principal violist, Carrie Dennis, and professor Roland Vamos. She graduated in 2011 and began her studies at the New England Conservatory with scholarship in the studio of the founding member of the Cleveland Quartet, Martha Strongin Katz.
As a student at the conservatory, she was coached by members of the Borromeo Quartet and also participated in a master class with professor Jeffrey Irvine. She attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival in the summer of 2013, and the Heifetz Music Institute in the following year, where she was invited to perform in the Celebrity Series closing concert and received lessons from musicians including former Berlin Philharmonic principal violist Rainer Moog and violinists Mihaela Martin and Ilya Kaler.
In 2014, she was interviewed for the third time by the Taiwan Classical Music Radio for her works. She received the Bachelor in Music degree in the following year and continued onto her graduate studies with professors Martha Strongin Katz and Dimitri Murrath.
With the goal to promote classical music, she created the project “Music, Distance, and One minute of just us”, and received the New England Conservatory Entrepreneurial Grant in the fall of 2016. With her artistic skills and other supports, she was able to create a successful social experimental exhibition that combined architecture, visual arts, and classical music. She had been given the opportunity to write about the exhibition for the Huffington Post, and a documentary film will be premiered at her presentation at school.
In 2017, she received offers from New England Conservatory Graduate diploma program, Boston University’s Doctor in Musical Arts, and had decided to accept a full scholarship fellowship at the Yale school of music. She then traveled to Italy to participated in the Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival, where she worked with violist, Lars Anders Tomter. She was also invited to perform in the closing concert of the festival with violinist, Bård Monsen.
She often travels back to Taiwan to perform at the Yuanlin Performance Hall, National Taiwan symphony orchestra concert hall, Taiwan National Concert Hall, and Taichung National Opera House.
來自台灣的旅美中提琴家，2017年於New England Conservatory新英格蘭音樂院取得學士與碩士文憑，現持全額獎學金於Yale School of Music耶魯大學音樂學院攻讀M.M.A.學位，師事Ettore Causa和Steven Tenenbom教授。常年返台演出，包括國家音樂廳、台中歌劇院、員林演藝廳等音樂廳。演奏之餘，於二十一歲時創辦樂旅人，致力以文字推廣古典音樂發展與教育，其文章更曾由新英格蘭音樂院引薦發表於紐約Huffington Post。2016年獲新英格蘭音樂院年度EM企業獎舉辦融合建築、影像、文字和古典音樂的實驗性展覽。
1993年出生，從小學習鋼琴和中提琴。於員林國小音樂班畢業後2005年考取台中曉明女子高級中學音樂班，同年夏天成為NTSO台灣青年交響樂團年齡最小團員。 在台灣期間間師事趙怡雯及陳宗成教授，並於多項比賽獲獎，包括2004年中台灣文化盃銀獎、2005年台灣中提琴大賽首獎、2007年台中市音樂比賽首獎及2008年台灣省全國學生音樂比賽第五名。曾接受 Nobuko Imai 今井信子、Jeffrey Irvine、Scott Lee 李捷琦、Huang Hsin-Yun 黃心芸等於大師班指導。
2008年十四歲時考取美國加州愛德華藝術學院 Idyllwild Arts Academy，師事南加大音樂系主任 Donald McInnes。在校內曾於接受前任柏林愛樂中提琴首席/現任洛杉磯愛樂中提琴首席 Carrie Dennis 與 Roland Vamos 等於大師班指導。除了擔任學校樂團輪替首席外，每年皆偕 IAA 樂團至洛杉磯演出新音樂音樂會，並在2011年與英國吉他手 Richard Thompson 合作於 UCLA 演出及後續專輯制作。 同年畢業獲獎學金入學新英格蘭音樂院。
由師事世界知名克里夫蘭弦樂四重奏(Cleveland String Quartet)創始團員 Martha Strongin Katz 以及 Dimitri Murrath 教授指導攻讀學士與碩士學位，並接受 Borromeo quartet 成員 Mai Motobuchi 和 Christopher Tong，以及室內樂主任Lucy Chapman等指導室內樂。2013 年夏天參加鮑登音樂營 Bowdoin International Music Festival， 接受 Karen Dreyfus 及 Olga Kaler 等教授指導。隔年參加海飛茲音樂節 Heifetz International Music Institute，並受邀演出 Celebrity Series 閉幕音樂會。音樂節期間接受 Barbara Westphal、Karen Dreyfus 及卡拉揚時期 柏林愛樂中提琴首席 Rainer Moog 等教授個別指導，並由 Mihaela Martin、 Ilya Kaler、Grigory Kalinovsky 及 Hagai Shaham 等大師指導室內樂。2017年夏天至義大利Lucca參加第二屆Virtuoso & Belcanto音樂節，接受Paul Cortese與Lars Anders Tomter等教授個別指導，並受邀與挪威小提琴家Bård Monsen一同於閉幕音樂會合作演出布拉姆斯六重奏。
2018年受Playing for Formosa奏出福爾摩沙協會邀約，與多位現今知名年輕華裔音樂家合作，包括2009年柴可夫斯基小提琴大賽青年組首獎Sirena Huang，以及韓國尹伊桑國際大提琴大賽亞軍李孟坡等於台北國家演奏廳與台中歌劇院共同演出。隨後參與由著名中提琴演奏家Kim Kashkashian發起的Music For Food慈善音樂會台灣場首席。
專研演奏之餘，2014年創辦樂旅人，同年受邀成為天下雜誌換日線專欄作家，並三度接受台灣古典音樂電台執行長葉欣專訪。2016年以 Music, Distance, and one minute of just us 展覽企劃通過校內企劃部以及聖地牙哥交響樂團合作評選，成為新英格蘭音樂院創業獎得主。著手設計以及策劃所有展覽內容並獲多方支持與贊助，累積三千人參觀與多家媒體訪問。展覽結束後受邀為Huffington Post攥寫文章，並獲Culburn School柯本音樂院推薦分享。另在校發表演講，並擔任春季企劃部客座評審員之一。在學期間額外選修商業課程，於2016年夏天開始於哈佛大學Extention school攻讀行銷文憑，2017年選修哈佛建築學院The Architectural Imagination一課並獲證書。2017年秋天受娉於耶魯出版社Yale Press行銷部，並陸續於於美國World Journal以及台灣MUZIK等刊物發表文章，十月創辦漸快Accel網站。