Meet the Musicians

NIK NACKLEY

Nikolas Nackley is in demand for his work on both the concert and operatic stage in California, the East Coast, and abroad.  He has been heralded by the San Francisco Chronicle as “sonorous and heroic” and praised by the Boston Globe for his ability to “continually impress with his beautiful voice and acting.”  Recently featured in the title role of West Edge Opera’s critically acclaimed “Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria”, his other recent credits include the role of Captain Bouchardon in the West Coast premier of “Mata Hari”,  Joe Pitt in Peter Eötvös’s West Coast premier of “Angels in America” with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Adonis in Blow’s “Venus and Adonis” with Marin Baroque, Bach’s St. John Passion, Cantata BWV 140 and Handel’s “Ode for the Birth of Queen Anne” with the SF Bach Choir,  Figaro in Paisiello’s “Barber of Seville” with WEO’s Opera Medium Rare, Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” with Marin Oratorio, the West Coast premier of Kaija Saariaho’s “The Tempest Songbook” with Cal Performances and a recital series in New Castle, England.He has worked as a featured soloist under such conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Roger Norrington, Joana Carneiro, Bruno Weil, Craig Smith, Harry Christophers, John Harbison, and Pablo Heras Casado.

Other recent engagements include the world premier of Stacy Garrop’s “Terra Nostra” with the SF Choral Society, Bach’s “St John Passion”, “Carmina Burana”  and Mozart’s “Requiem”with the Bay Choral Guild, the role of Pallante in Handel’s “Agrippina” and the Badger/Parson in Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen” with West Edge Opera,  the West Coast premiere of Jocelyn Hagen’s “Ashes of Roses” with Symphony Silicone Valley, Haydn’s “Paulkenmesse” and the Duruflé “Requiem” with the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers.

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BILLY FANG

Billy Fang is a PhD student studying statistics at UC Berkeley. He has studied violin with Jooyeon Kong, Antoine van Dongen, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Hong-Guang Jia, and Laura Kobayashi. He has been a member of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra since 2015, and is currently its concertmaster. As a soloist, he has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the China Broadcasting Performing Arts Orchestra. He was also a violinist in the Polaris Quartet, who won first prize in the junior division of the 2011 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and performed on NPR’s From the Top radio show. As a former member of the Princeton University Orchestra and the Starling Chamber Orchestra, he has performed orchestral and chamber music repertoire in Austria, China, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

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ANDREW CHEN

Andrew Chen is an amateur pianist, violinist, and composer. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2019 with Bachelor’s degrees in Music and Statistics. Before college, Andrew resided in Taiwan for seven years, studying piano with Joyce Pei-Hsun Hsieh and violin with Vincent Chao. At UC Berkeley, he studied piano with Betty Woo and violin with Dan Flanagan. He performed solo piano recitals at the Women’s Faculty Club and Hertz Hall, and participated in masterclasses with pianists Richard Goode and Shai Wosner. After graduation, Andrew won second place at the MTAC Piano Solo Competition Division IV and participated in the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, performing in masterclasses with pianists including Vladimir Valjarevic, Nina Tichman, and Sean Chen. He is currently involved in the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra as a pianist and violinist and will be performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with the ensemble in Fall 2020.

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JOLIE HUANG

Pianist Jolie Huang (°1998, United States) is a fourth-year undergraduate double majoring in Music and Molecular and Cell Biology, Neurobiology at UC Berkeley. She studies piano under Jeffrey Sykes and has previously studied with Tien Hsieh and Sylvia Hsieh. Notable award include 2016 YoungArts winner, San Jose International Piano Competition finalist, and UCBSO concerto winner. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Adamant Music School and has studied with Ann Schein, Anton Nel, Dmitry Rachmanov, and Willard Schultz. She has been actively involved in chamber music, having worked with several ensembles at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and UC Berkeley.

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GOLDEN BEAR TRIO

 

The Golden Bear Trio was formed in 2018 at UC Berkeley by Jolie Huang (piano), Billy Fang (violin), and Emiel Cockx (cello). They performed at the semi-finals of the Coltman Competition in Austin, Texas and were the winners of the 2019 Frances Walton Competition in Seattle, Washington.