Manhattan School of Music appoints new violin faculty


Violinists Chloé Kiffer and Xiao Wang recently arrived at MSM, where they join other new faculty members Eugene Drucker, Ilmar Gavilan and David Chan

The Manhattan School of Music (MSM) recently recruited two new violinists to its faculty. They are Chloe Kiffer and Xiao Wangboth former students of the school.

french violinist Chloe Kiffer has performed in many prestigious concert halls across Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia. She is a faculty member at the University of North Texas, the pre-college division of the Manhattan School of Music, and the FaceArts Institute of Music in Shanghai. Kiffer is a sought-after pedagogue whose students have won numerous national and international competitions.

Xiao Wang won first prize at the Szigeti International Violin Competition in 2012 and the New York Concert Artist Auditions in 2016. He is also a laureate of the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Competition and the 2015 Seoul International Competition.

Kiffer and Wang join several other prominent new MSM faculty members, including Eugene Drucker (founding member of the Emerson String Quartet), Ilmar Gavilan (founding member of the Harlem Quartet), and David Chan (longtime concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra).

“Chloe and Xiao are wonderful new additions to our impressive and inspiring string faculty at MSM,” said the Department Head. Nicholas Mann. “These two new faculty appointments, in addition to other recent additions to the department, such as Eugene Drucker and Ilmar Gavilán, build on a tradition of excellence that is deeply rooted in this institution.”

“As MSM continues to build on its more than 100 years of excellence, it is exciting to welcome these talented and creative artist-educators as teachers and, in the case of Chloe and Xiao, who have both earned multiple degrees here, to welcome them home,” said the executive vice president and provost Joyce Grigg.

“Their respective backgrounds as musicians and teachers, combined with their belief in MSM’s mission and commitment to our cultural inclusion initiatives, will greatly enhance the string faculty and the school as a whole.”

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