William A. Loeb Chair
Meichen Liao Barnes is Associate Concertmaster of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. She graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School where her teachers included Ivan Galamian, Dorothy Delay, Arnold Steinhardt, Yumi Ninomiy, Norman Carol, and David Arben.
While a student at The Curtis Institute of Music Ms. Barnes won first prize in the Albert Greenfield Competition and perfomed Paganini Concerto No.1 with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Upon graduating from The Juilliard School she was awarded a Town Hall recital by Dorothy Delay. She was also a top prize winner of the Washington International Competition, Great Neck Symphony Orchestra Competition, Musical Federation of Pennsylvania, and the Julliard School Concerto Competition.
Ms. Barnes participated in the Marlboro Music Festival for two summers and then joined Musicians From Marlboro touring the United States. She has performed with Isadore Cohen, Felix Galimir, Leonidas Kavakos, David Soyer, and Rudolf Serkin. She has played chamber music with Yefim Bronfman and participated in master classes with Josef Gingold, Sasha Schneider, Misha Schneider, Donald Weilerstein, Felix Galamia, Michael Tree, and Samuel Rhoads.
She has performed recitals in Asia and the United States and toured as a soloist with Concerto Soloists and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia both in Europe and the United States. Other solo appearances include Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Civic Orchestra, the Main Line Orchestra, and the Philly Pops. She has performed with the Lincoln Chamber Players, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Brandenburg Ensemble. She is a frequent guest Concertmaster of many organizations such as the Philadelphia Singers, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the Bach Festival, and the Washington Chamber Players.
Ms. Barnes recently completed a one month tour as concertmaster and leader with Branford Marsalis and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia across the United States. She was invited to adjudicate the Andrea Postaccini International Violin Competition in Italy.
Ms. Barnes is on the violin faculty at Temple University and is a chamber music coach. She has taught at the Philadelphia International Music Festival for many years and was appointed to the faculty of the Brancaleoni Festival in Italy. She coaches the top Philadelphia region youth orchestras. From her private studio, her students have won many concertmaster positions and prestigious awards.