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Aki Tsai

I’m Aki a violin teacher at Cadenza Music Academy

Aki Tsai

Aki Tsai

Piano Teacher

Biography

Violinist Aki Tsai currently enjoys a vibrant career performing throughout her native southern California and across the globe. Aki studied with Alice Schoenfeld at the University of Southern California, where she earned her Bachelor of Music Degree, and with Keng-Yuen Tseng at the Peabody Conservatory, where she earned her Masters of Music and Graduate Performance degrees. She has performed extensively with the San Diego Symphony and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, working with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Edo de Waart, Marin Alsop, Pinchas Zukerman, and others. Active as a freelance violinist in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas, Aki also frequently performs with the California Chamber Orchestra, the LA Virtuosi, Redlands Symphony, and Riverside Philharmonic. She has also performed with pop singers and bands like The WHO, Burt Bacharach, Reba, and Wynonna Judd, as well as performing on live cine concerts like the outdoor, IMAX world premiere of Star Trek Beyond as part of the San Diego Comicon. In 2019, Aki premiered Pierre Strauch’s violin and viola duo Nine Letters in Paris, written for her and John Stulz. She has participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy, Britten Pears Young Artist Festival, Music Masters Course Japan, Saint Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, and the VIVO Chamber Music Festival.

Growing Family

Curious about how music lessons? Read these testimonials from parents and students below to learn about the great results you can get from music education and Cadenza Music Academy

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"Minako is truly a top-notch class piano teacher who is a passionate and caring person. I have met her and her husband who are wonderful people to work with. Highly recommended for an honest and highly skilled piano teacher. Should stop by her new studio in Tustin."

Benjamin K.

KIM'S PIANO

"Minako has been a perfect balance of a firm, but a warm teacher to my two kids and other students. Such a talented pianist who supports children in engaging, and pursuing music, and also knows how to adjust her expectations accordingly. Highly recommended."



Debbie L.

Parent

"For the first time in for ever my daughter is loving playing the piano. She has learned so much in such a short time. The skill level of her teacher is unbelievable It is making her want to learn more and do more This Academy program is second to none."

Catherine D.

Parent