With a passion for blending her classical training with popular music, violist and singer Alice Ping is unrestrained by any particular genre. A California native, Alice has spent the last 14 years pursuing her love of music while acting as a one-woman bridge between various types of artistic expression. From playing Beatles hits at the Hollywood Bowl to making her solo debut in Austin, Texas, her appetite for performing, both classically and otherwise, has taken her around the country.
Alice has been mentored by acclaimed classical musicians including Donald McInnes, Paul Silverthorne, James Dunham, and Anne Epperson. Non-classical appearances range from performing on Conan with Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, The Today Show with Kelly Clarkson, and Best.Cover.Ever. with Demi Lovato, to playing with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX, and at the X-Games with Deltron 3030. Alice has also been a featured guest on KUTX Radio with John Aielli, and has extensive vocal recording experience, working closely with composer and producer Gary Powell, whose success with The Walt Disney Company earned him a Grammy nomination.
Earning her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, Alice was a student of Roger Tapping, former violist of the Takash Quartet and current member of The Juilliard String Quartet. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and graduated with high honors under the tutelage of Roger Myers, whose virtuosic style of playing and educational lineage provided her with a direct link to the legendary William Primrose. A winner of the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2016, she made an invigorating solo debut performing the Concerto for Viola and Orchestra by William Walton. This performance was later broadcasted on the KMFA radio program “From The Butler School,” where host Scott Hannah hailed Alice’s performance as “an example of the remarkable work done by young soloists.”
Alice hopes to continue inspiring her own generation by supporting the merging of musical genres and bringing classical music into the 21st century. Her success at incorporating contemporary singing and classical viola playing can be seen by the widespread popularity of the videos she frequently posts through social media. She is always open to collaboration with other artists, and hopes to expand this kind of artistic exploration in the near future.
Alice plays on a 2009 Mietek Rusnak viola from the workshop of William Harris Lee & Co. in Chicago, and a modern bow from Swiss craftsman Pierre-Yves Fuchs.
Photographer: Anna Mae Lam