Astrid Martig is a former member of the Kiel Opera Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and the North German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. She studied at the Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater Hannover (Germany). She was awarded a prize from the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra and a scholarship from the Marie-Luise Imbusch Foundation, and held solo recitals at the Laeisz Music Hall in Hamburg in 2004 and at the Festival International de Musique Symphonique d'El Jem in 2007.
A graduate of L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, I-Chen Huang holds a bachelor’s degree in cello performance and a master’s degree in cello education, cello performance, and chamber music. She continued her studies at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris, where she received Diplôme Supérieur in music education in 2010. She won second prize at the UFAM International Competition for chamber music in 2007, second place in the Kaohsiung City Piano Competition (Taiwan), and first place in the Taiwan National Music Composition Competition.
Yong Deng served as Professor of Cello for 10 years at the Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music (2001-2011) and as cellist with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra for 24 years (1989-2013). He is a graduate of China’s Central Conservatory of Music.
Former principal trumpet of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Essen Opera, and for seven years the North German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Kaspar-Laurenz Martig has played in numerous recordings for CD and otherwise. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater in Hamburg. He was the first prize winner of the German national competition “Jugend musiziert” (trumpet & piano category) in 1995 and 1997, of the Concertino Praga in 1998, of the Elise Meyer Competition in Hamburg in 2002, and of the Lions Club (Germany) National Music Competition in 2005.
Eric Robins holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree from New England Conservatory. He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, among others, and is former principal trumpet of the Daegu Symphony Orchestra (Korea). His fellowships include the Mabel Louise Riley Scholarship (New England Conservatory), National Orchestral Institute, Round Top International Music Festival, and Bar Harbor Brass.
Winner of University of Texas Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, second prize winner of the National Young Artist Competition at Mid-South Flute Festival, and first prize winner of the Kaohsiung City Music Competition (Taiwan), Chia-Jung Lee was a recipient of the Certificate of Recognition of Outstanding Doctoral Recital from the University of Texas Butler School of Music. She holds a doctoral degree in flute performance from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree from Sun Yat-Sen University (Taiwan).
Yevgeniy Reznik holds a doctorate in clarinet performance from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was recognized with an Outstanding Doctoral Recital. He won the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Woodwind Division Competition, State Competition, and Collegiate Competition. He attended as a fellow the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival – Yale School of Music, and Y. Mravinsky International Music Festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia. He ranked as top clarinetist and alternate to overall winner in the 2005 MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Division Competition in the state of Michigan. A native of Ukraine, he came to the United States at age 17 to attend Interlochen Arts Academy on a full scholarship.
Leen De Blauwe
Leen De Blauwe earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music at the LUCA School of Arts Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, Belgium. Before joining Shen Yun, she freelanced throughout Belgium with orchestras such as Chapelle de Lorraine, t' Muziek Frascati, and Ensemble 1828, and also played both oboe and English horn in chamber music groups such as Ishtar and Kwatrijn. Since joining Shen Yun Performing Arts, she has toured with the company throughout North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe.
Steven Louie received both his bachelor’s and his master’s of music from Chicago College of Performing Arts. He freelanced throughout Chicago with groups such as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Oak Park Symphony, and was principal bassoonist with Millennium Chamber Players. Since joining Shen Yun, he performed over 500 times around the globe, including at Lincoln Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Carnegie Hall, and Burgtheater, among others.
Alexandru Moraru served as principal trombone of the National Radio Orchestra of Romania, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra (Illinois), the Adrian Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), and the Transylvania State Philharmonic. In 2012, his ensemble won the International Trombone Association Kai Winding Jazz Ensemble Competition in Paris and the Eastern Trombone Workshop’s National Jazz Ensemble Competition in Washington, D.C. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Romania, his master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Alistair Crawford has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, and the Melbourne Opera Orchestra, among others. He earned a bachelor of music with honors at the University of Melbourne and a graduate diploma of professional music practice at the University of Tasmania. When studying at the University of Melbourne, he received the Lady Turner Award for the most promising musician, and pursued later studies at the Australian National Academy of Music.