Chiai Tajima is an avid orchestral and chamber musician, performing frequently in coveted venues across the globe. She has served as concertmaster of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan as well as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra in Germany, some of the world’s most prestigious orchestral academies. Throughout the year, she performs frequently with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless ensemble that premiers new works alongside standard repertoire. In addition to her orchestral collaborations, she is an artist at Le Salon De Musique, a chamber music series based at The Music Center in Los Angeles. She recently collaborated with members of the Calder Quartet in their 2017-2018 season.
Other festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, where she was a fellowship recipient. Through this festival, she held a principal position in the Aspen Chamber Symphony and collaborated with renowned artists such as Gil Shaham, Julia Fischer, and Robert McDuffie.
Chiai holds a Bachelor and Masters degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Masao Kawasaki as a recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship. While at Juilliard, she participated in an interactive outreach program as a GLUCK fellow, bringing music to various metropolitan hospitals, nursing homes, and care facilities. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at USC Thornton School of Music, studying with Bing Wang.
Chiai plays on a 1688 Antonio Casini, generously on loan from an anonymous donor.