Concertmaster | Violin
Aaron Tam recently received his Artist Diploma in orchestral studies from San Francisco Academy Orchestra, under the guidance of San Francisco Symphony violinist, David Chernyavsky. He also completed a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance at California State University Fullerton with a full scholarship under Professor of Music Dr. Ernest Salem in 2017. During his three years in the music program, he was the concertmaster of the CSUF Symphony Orchestra. Aaron traveled with the CSUF Symphony on several performance tours through France, Germany, and Korea. Subsequently, he traveled with the orchestra on an invitation by the Distinguished Concerts International New York for a performance in Carnegie Hall. Aaron completed his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of California, Irvine, where he was a recipient of the Marjorie-Rawlins Scholarship, studying under Professor Haroutune Bedelian. During his second year at UCI, Aaron won the annual University Concerto Competition and assumed the role of Concertmaster in the University Symphony Orchestra for the following two years. As a high schooler, Aaron was the concertmaster of Olympia Youth Orchestra in 2007-08 and performed as a soloist with the orchestra. He also performed with the orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall in March 2008 as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s International Youth Orchestra Festival Days. In the summer of 2008, he received a scholarship from the International Educational Exchange Association to perform in the Olympic Youth Cultural Festival preceding the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Aaron has taken masterclasses under many distinguished musicians such as Nai-Yuan Hu, Ray Chen, Robert DeMaine, Menahem Pressler, members of the Pacific Symphony and San Francisco Symphony, and members of the Talich String Quartet. Aaron has been volunteering his musical services for his local church, St. Stephen Martyr, for almost twenty years.