L'etoile Duo

Described as “outstanding” (Martín Llade, Melómano music magazine), it was created by its members, concert violinists and experienced chamber musicians Hsin-Lin Tsai and Miguel Pérez-Espejo Cárdenas, as a result of their love for chamber music and, in particular, to explore the violin duo literature, both as soloists with orchestra and in recital.

L'etoile Duo pictureSince their début in 2004, they have performed a repertoire that ranges from Baroque composers, such as Vivaldi, Händel and Bach, to contemporary masters like Bartók, Montsalvatge, Prokofiev and Honegger.  Eminent Spanish composer José Zárate wrote and dedicated to them his work Little Nice Pieces, which received its world premiere in February 2010. Among their performances, they have played at the invitation of the Instituto Cervantes of New York City and its Director, Antonio Muñoz Molina, presenting a program dedicated to works by Spanish, Hispanic and Spanish inspired composers, as part of the concert cycle Spain in Chamber Music, and they have also performed the complete Bach violin concertos accompanied by the Saravasti String Quartet and as soloists with the Gardner Chamber Orchestra in Boston, to rave reviews by the press.

Both members are active performers and teachers based in Boston and perform frequently in the United States, Europe and Taiwan, and they have released CD recordings with the RTVE MUSICA label, of the National Radio of Spain. They also perform in Spain, including invitations to play live on the European Day of Music celebrations, broadcast live throughout all Europe, and in several concerts sponsored by the Rotary Club. Recent performances include the concert series El violin hispano at the Tsai Performance Center in Boston, sponsored by Banco de Santander, Instituto Cervantes and the Department of Romance Languages at Boston University, and at Nantucket's "Winter Concert Series" at the invitation of the Nantucket Arts Council.

Hsin-Lin Tsai, Violinist

Hsin-Lin Tsai, born in Taiwan, concertizes in some of the most prestigious performance venues in the United States, Europe and Taiwan. The late and legendary Yfrah Neaman said of her “I haven’t heard anyone play like this, with such musicality, emotion, and a beautiful sound, in the last fifty years”, and she was violinist of the quartet that was praised as “outstanding” by Richard Dyer, Chief music critic of the Boston Globe.

Hsin-Lin Tsai pictureFirst Prize Winner in the competitions “City of Tainan” and National Taiwan Violin Competition, she made her New York City debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall sponsored by the Formosa Chamber Music Society. Abroad, she has performed live in radio broadcasts for the Spanish National Radio (Radio Clásica) and has concertized in Spain as soloist and chamber musician, in the concert series “Sacred Music” with the “Orquesta Barroca Valenciana” and the Saravasti String Quartet. She was invited by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Santa María de la Arrixaca, Spain, to give a solo recital, which received rave reviews, and returned at the invitation of the ProMúsica Society in 2008 to perform in Murcia’s Symphonic Auditorium, one of the finest halls in Europe.

In 2007 the recording label RTVE MÚSICA released her CD entitled Recital, sponsored by the CajaMurcia Foundation and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Murcia, an unedited, live performance of works by Beethoven, Mozart, Albéniz, Ponce, Poulenc and Strauss. It has received outstanding reviews from some of the most distinguished critics and publications in Spain.

As orchestral and chamber musician, she has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Sir Colin Davis, Cristoph Eschenbach, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and Sergiu Comissiona, and has been invited repeatedly to international festivals that include The International Holland Music Sessions (Netherlands), The International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove (U.K.), Schleswig-Holstein (Germany), Pro-Cello (Switzerland), Yellow Barn, Manchester Music Festival and the International Musical Arts Institute (United States), performing and working closely with artists such as James Dunham, Peter Zazofsky, and the Borromeo String Quartet.

Ms. Tsai received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Violin Performance from Boston University in 2009, with the dissertation entitled Poulenc Sonata for Violin and Piano: An Analysis. She graduated with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston (B.M. 1999; M.M. 2001), and received the Artist Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music in London, being on a full scholarship and personally invited by the late Yfrah Neaman to work with him. Her teachers include Harvey Shapiro, Yuri Mazurkevich, Yfrah Neaman, Eric Rosenblith and Kelly Barr, and she has been invited to perform in international master classes with Michèle Auclair, Eduard Schmieder, Lorand Fenyves, Erick Friedman, and Gyorgy Pauk.

As a violin teacher, Dr. Tsai has taught Applied Violin for Non-Majors at Boston University, the Intensive Community Program at the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and as Faculty at the International Master Classes of the Mediterranean (“Cursos Internacionales del Mediterráneo”) in Spain. Dr. Tsai teaches at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in the summer. She performs with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, and in the violin duo L’Étoile Duet which has been praised as “outstanding” (Martin Llade, Melómano magazine, Spain) with her husband, violinist Miguel Pérez-Espejo Cárdenas.