Students who are participating in this special master class are recipients of the Daniel Ching Scholarship for Artistic Excellence. Last year, 11 students were awarded merit scholarships to continue their music studies in our string studio. The Daniel Ching Scholarship for Artistic Excellence is part of our Empowering Youth for Change Fund, which is distributed by the Renton Regional Community Foundation.
Daniel Ching, a founding member of the Miró Quartet, began his violin studies at the age of 3 under the tutelage of his father. At age 5, he entered the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory Division on a full twelve‐year scholarship, where he studied violin with Serban Rusu and Zaven Melikian, and chamber music with Susan Bates. At the age of 10, Daniel was first introduced to string quartets. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Daniel studied violin with Kathleen Winkler, Roland and Almita Vamos, and conducting with Robert Spano and Peter Jaffe. He completed his Masters degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with former Cleveland Quartet violinist Donald Weilerstein.
Daniel is on faculty at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches private violin students and coaches chamber music. He concurrently maintains an active international touring schedule as a member of the Miró Quartet.