The dynamic duo of clarinetist, Chad Burrow and pianist, Amy I-Lin Cheng bring the Romantic works of Schumann and Brahms alive. The duo was established in 1999 at Yale University and has been touring the world since then.
Chad Burrow is recognized as one of the premiere clarinetists of his generation. Burrow has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in concert halls across the globe. The European press has said that Burrow performs with “brilliant technique and tonal beauty mixed with an expressive ferocity.” Danish critic, Henrik Svane, went on to describe a Burrow performance as filled with "virtuosity, energy, and power without compromise." The New York Times recently called a Carnegie Hall appearance in Poulenc’s Sonata as giving a “strong impression” and being a “bright and genial account.”
In 2009, Burrow was appointed to the clarinet faculty of the University of Michigan, where he teaches clarinet, chamber music, and serves as the director for the Michigan Chamber Players. Additionally, he serves as co-artistic director for the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma, which includes regular performances throughout the year and an early summer music festival in Oklahoma City. Burrow is the former principal clarinetist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the New Haven Symphony. He was also the past associate professor of clarinet at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, as well as the principal clarinetist with the Quartz Mountain Music Festival and the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra.
Burrow’s recent concert engagements abroad have included the Alpenkammermusik Festival in Austria, Denmark’s Thy Chamber Music Festival, a recital in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, concerts in Strasbourg, France and concerto appearances with the Taichung Philharmonic, the “Classic” Orchestra of Taichung and the Shin Sharn Ensemble in Taipei. Recent performances in the United States have included appearances on a series of Benny Goodman centennial concerts in Carnegie Hall and Yale University. Other performances have included venues at Rice University, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, the University of Houston, three International Clarinet Association conferences, Notre Dame University, the Music Mansion in Providence (RI), the University of Arkansas, Texas Christian University, the University of Texas, Louisiana State University, and the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, among many others.
In addition to his own schedule of performances, Burrow is the clarinetist for Duo Clarion, formed in 1999 at Yale University with pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng. Duo Clarion maintains an active series of performances throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East. Duo Clarion’s work has been recorded and released by Albany Records and by Wei Studios. Violinist Yung-Hsiang Wang joins Duo Clarion to form Trio Solari. The trio has had a regular touring schedule around the world since 2006.
Burrow is the winner of prizes and awards from the 2001 Young Concert Artist International Competition in New York City, the 2000 Woolsey Hall Competition, the 2000 Artist International Competition, and the 1997 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He holds a bachelor of music degree from Northwestern University where he was a student of Russell Dagon, and a master of music degree from Yale University, where he was a student of David Shifrin.
Burrow is a performing artist for Buffet Crampon Clarinets and Vandoren.
Born in Taiwan, pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng has appeared in concerts across the United States, in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Taiwan, Brazil and Israel. Amy made her Boston concerto debut at the age of 17 at Jordan Hall under the direction of Benjamin Zhander. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the 'Musica Viva' Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Taichung Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Pines in Texas and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, among others. An avid chamber musician, Amy is the co-Artistic Director of the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, as well as the pianist for Duo Clarion and Trio Solari.
A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music (BM), Yale University School of Music (MM and Artist Diploma), and the New England Conservatory (DMA), Amy studied with Claude Frank, Wha-Kyung Byun and Rolf-Peter Wille. Currently Amy teaches at the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts. In addition to serving as a collaborative pianist, Amy is a Lecturer of Piano at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.