Violinist Agnes Tse recently completed her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School as a student of Lewis Kaplan and Joel Smirnoff. Within one remarkable two-week span, she worked with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle and was offered a position with the Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop – all while completing a full-time Master of Music degree program at the Juilliard School.
As a young teenager, she was a laureate of several important competitions in the United States and Asia, including the Cooper International Violin Competition, the Hong Kong Strings Scholarship for Stringed Instruments and the ‘Young Musician of the Year 2010’. Recently named the recipient of the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize by the Tanglewood Music Center, she attended as a Violin Fellow in the summers of 2016 and 2017.
A native of Hong Kong, Ms. Tse started playing the violin at the age of four under the tutelage of Ms. Beedarn Chao. She has appeared as a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra. She has been a participant of the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and has appeared in summer festivals such as the Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood Music Center, Bowdoin International Music Festival and the International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg, where she studied with Pierre Amoyal and Zakhar Bron. She has participated in various master-classes held by the Takács Quartet, the Juilliard String Quartet, Glenn Dicterow, Cho-Liang Lin, Zakhar Bron, Pierre Amoyal, Gregory Fulkerson, Almita Vamos, Charles Castleman and Earl Carlyss in Hong Kong, Salzburg, Beijing and the United States.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Tse has appeared in Juilliard Chamberfest and LSO at St. Luke’s Discovery Day where she performed chamber music alongside members of the London Symphony Orchestra. She took part in the String Quartet Seminar at the Music Academy of the West in 2018 and worked closely with members of the Takács Quartet. At Tanglewood, she studied chamber music with Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax and Pamela Frank, among others. She also performs occasionally with AXIOM and the New Juilliard Ensemble, two ensembles at the Juilliard School dedicated to contemporary music. In 2018, she participated in the Transatlantic Music Project – a conservatory exchange between the Juilliard School and the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, and performed chamber music concerts in Italy and Germany. Her past chamber music mentors include members of the Juilliard String Quartet, the Takács Quartet, David Finckel, Joseph Kalichstein, Charles Neidich, Paul Neubauer, and Sylvia Rosenberg, among others.
Ms. Tse has served as Co-Concertmaster at the Juilliard Orchestra, Assistant Concertmaster at Symphony in C and has been a substitute player at the New York Philharmonic, New World Symphony and Princeton Symphony Orchestra. She was a Gluck Community Service Fellow from 2016 - 2017 and enjoyed performing music at healthcare facilities in New York City. Outside of music, she enjoys walking around the streets of New York City to discover new places for food.