A candidate for recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award must be 35 years of age or younger at the time of consideration by the Awards Committee and have distinguished himself or herself in one or more of the following areas: professional career, service to humanity, and service to Oberlin College.

Photograph of Addison Teng playing a violin.
Photo courtesy of Addison Teng

Violinist Addison Teng has given extensive solo and chamber music performances throughout Taiwan, Hong Kong, Italy, France, Philippines, and the eastern United States. He has performed as soloist with the Oberlin College Orchestra, Eastman String Fellowship Orchestra, and Sinfonia Academy Orchestra in the Philippines.

Teng was chosen by the dean of the Oberlin Conservatory to appear on Italian television to promote Oberlin in Italy. In addition to this honor from Oberlin, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Meadowmount School of Music.

A rising pedagogue of his generation, Teng joined the violin and chamber music faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago in 2013, and the faculty of the Montecito International Music Festival in 2014. He also is on the faculty of the Chicago Summer Opera and is an artist in residence at the Golden Chamber Music Festival in Michigan.

Previously he served as teaching assistant at the Meadowmount School of Music and Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. He has coached and given master classes at the Taipei American School, Conservatório Villa-Lobos in Rio de Janeiro, Eastman Pre-College, Brighton Schools, and Lawrence University, as well as classes in Canada, the Philippines, and China.

In the fall of 2016, Teng embarked on a tour to Cebu, Philippines, with his students, where he gave master classes and concerts.

His students have recently won competitions both locally and nationally, including Hellam Young Artists Competition, Denver Young Artists National Violin Competition, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition, Walgreens National Competition, Indiana School of Music Concerto Competition, Confucius Music Festival Competition, Sejong Music Competition, and DePaul Concerto Competition, among others.

Many of his students have been admitted to top universities and conservatories, including Indiana University, Northwestern University, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Mannes New School of Music, Berklee College of Music, and University of Wisconsin – Madison. Others have gone on to win jobs at Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra, Peninsula Music Festival, Evansville Philharmonic, and Louisville Philharmonic.

Teng's students have soloed with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony, and Montecito Festival Orchestra, and have been guest concertmaster of Fort Wayne Symphony.

In 2015, the Addison C. Teng Merit Scholarship was established at the Music Institute of Chicago for his studio.

Teng graduated with a Master of Music in Violin Performance and String Pedagogy at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music and received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers and mentors include Sally Thomas, Roland and Almita Vamos, Peter Takacs, Amy Barlowe, David Bowlin, and Karen Ritscher.

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