Madeline Tsai is a versatile musician who has been trained as a conductor, pianist, organist, singer, and timpanist. The conductor in residence at The Dallas Opera in 2019 and is currently enrolled in career training program for outstanding female conductor at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Winner of the People's Choice Award at the 2017 Solti International Conducting Competition in Hungary. She has conducted a broad range of repertoire with orchestras around the world. These include the Orchestra of the Royal Opera (London), Chroma Ensemble, Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, and Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra in her native Taiwan. This year, she will conduct Hakka Concert with National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, include world premiere violin concerto by Gordon Chin and performing by violinist Cho-Liang Lin. In the U.S., she led the Astoria Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Appalachian Spring with the Martha Graham Dance Company. 

After earning a B.F.A. from the Taipei National University of the Arts, Ms. Tsai came to the United States, and received a Master's degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. In 2009 she hosted 4 fundraising concerts for 9 Taiwanese artists to finance their performance in Carnegie. Further studies took her to Vienna, where she served as a freelance coach and pianist for singers from the Vienna State Opera, Volksoper, Theatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera and assisted Grace Bumbry in her master class.

During the Covid Pandemic, while artist events were on pause, Ms. Tsai is fortunately allowed to attend all rehearsals of Marin Alsop, who is the chief conductor at Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.

In her spare time, Ms. Tsai enjoys inventing new recipes, in many different cuisines. Since she can identify all the ingredients in a dish by smell, she also loves to re-create culinary favorites from around the world.

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