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Mimi Hwang: Rochester cellist and Eastman professor

Cellist Mimi Hwang
Cellist Mimi Hwang

Hwang was born in Los Angeles, California; her parents are immigrants of Chinese ancestry.  Hwang began playing the cello at the age of 8. In March of 2021, Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, announced her appointment ?as the new Chair of its Board of Directors.

"Mimi has demonstrated great dedication and leadership as a member of the Executive Committee and will undoubtedly do a great job as Board Chair," said Mr. Kessler. "This is an important and exciting time of transition for CMA with the search for a new CEO after Margaret Lioi's 21-year tenure, and now the appointment of Mimi Hwang as Chair of the Board of Directors."

Ms. Hwang is an award-winning cellist, who performs frequently as a recitalist and chamber musician. She was a founding member of the Franciscan String Quartet, First Prize winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition. The Quartet performed in concert halls throughout North America, Europe and Asia and was Quartet-in-Residence at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College. She received her Master's Degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor's Degree with Distinction at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Ms. Hwang is currently an Assistant Professor of Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music, Co-Artistic Director of Yellow Barn's Young Artists Program, and a founding member of the Amenda Quartet.

Watch Brenda's full interview with Mimi Hwang: