Huai-En Tsai

Principal Trombonist, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Washington

Currently the principal trombonist of Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Washington, Huai-En Tsai enjoys his career as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, as well as a scholar and pedagogue. He has performed with top-notch artists, including musicians from Vienna Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, U.S. Marine Band, U.S. Army Band, Canadian Brass, and Grammy nominees. His distinguished performances, talks, and scholarly works made appearances on The Roll Call, The Liberty Times, The World Journal, Baltimore Examiners, Baltimore City Paper, The Cumberland Times-News, Washington Chinese News, The Epoch Times, The Towerlight of Towson University, The Albuquerque Tribune, The ITA Journal, WBJC, WETA, and NER of Taiwan.

As a scholar, his research works were featured at the 2014 NATPA Conference in Vancouver, BC; the 2016 HIC-Arts and Humanity in Honolulu, HI; and the 2016 ITASA-East Coast in College Park, MD. His lecture and performance opened the 2017 American Trombone Workshop. Recently, he gave masterclasses at Boston University, Frostburg State University, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, and Xiamen University in China, as well as lectures at the University of Maryland-College Park, Nanhua University in Taiwan. and Soochow University in Taiwan. Currently, he is on the music faculty at Midwest University-Washington and on the faculty of brass and chamber Music at Frostburg State University Summer Music Academy.

A native of Taiwan, Tsai began his music study on the piano at the age of five. While in Taiwan, he completed his undergraduate study at Soochow University as a music major and served as the principal trombonist at Taipei Civic Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, he received a scholarship to study with James Olin at Peabody Conservatory, where he obtained Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. He was also mentored by Nitzan Haroz, Dietmar Küblböck, David Taylor, Randy Campora, David Fetter, and Don Harry.