Gordon Tsai was appointed as the Associate Concertmaster for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in 2012. Previously, he was Associate Concertmaster for the Ohio Philharmonic while a student in the Professional Studies program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. There he studied with William Preucil, Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra and Stephen Rose, Principal Second of The Cleveland Orchestra.
A native of Taiwan, Gordon began studying the violin and piano at age four in the Taiwan National Music Training Program. He was a prizewinner in the Kaohsiung City Competition and the Taiwan National Competition on both instruments. Gordon went on to earn his Bachelor of Music from the University of Oregon, studying with Fritz Gearhart and Kathryn Lucktenberg.
In 2010, he earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Nevada, Reno under the tutelage of Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio and served as her Teaching Assistant. Gordon played in the University’s graduate quartet-in-residence, the Nightingale String Quartet.
Gordon served as Concertmaster of the University of Oregon Symphony, the University of Nevada, Reno Symphony Orchestra, the Marrowstone Chamber Orchestra, and the Calvin Summit Music Festival Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist with a number of orchestras including the Coeur d’Alene Symphony, the University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the University of Nevada-Reno Symphony Orchestra, the Ruby Mountain Symphony, and the Lancaster Festival Orchestra.
Gordon has participated in master classes and collaborated with renowned artists including John Sant’ Ambrogio, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, Martin Chalifour, Midori, David Kim, the Eroica Trio, the Emerson String Quartet, the Cavani String Quartet and the Cleveland String Quartet.
He was appointed the Vice President and Artistic Director of Melody Academy of Music in Cupertino, California in 2010.