By Elizabeth Beilman

5 new NCCMI teachers this year bring with them excellent chamber music credentials and diverse perspectives. These musicians represent the highest level of music education, having attended schools like the Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Yale University, among others. They are also dedicated teachers with extensive backgrounds in chamber music. 

About our new teachers

Qi Cao, violin, has performed at many prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. An NCS violinist, her musical travels have brought her around the world, from Xhina to New Zealand. 

Emi Mizobuchi, viola, Emi got a minor in Spanish and graduate concentration in eurythmics pedagogy, two areas that will be tremendously beneficial to the NCCMI students. 

Jessica Ryou, violinist, taught at East Tennessee State University and performed at Bargemusic, New York City’s floating concert hall. Recently appointed to the North Carolina Symphony first violin section.

Kurt Tseng, viola, is originally from Michigan. He joined the NCS in 2020 as Associate Principal Viola

Joyu Lee, cellist is a founding member of the chamber group Vida Strings. Besides her performing and teaching career, she is also a Senior Music Therapist at UNC Health in Chapel Hill.