Noon Hour Concert: Hope, Love, Passion, & Despair

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Jung Tsai, violin

Jung Tsai
  • McGill Schulich School of Music: Artist Diploma (Montreal) 2015-2017
  • DePaul School of Music: Master of Music and Certificate (Chicago) 2011-2015
  • Mannes The New School for Music : Bachelor of Music (New York City) 2007-2011

Jung Tsai was born in Taiwan, and music has taken her on a journey that passed through places like New York, Chicago, Montreal and now Waterloo Region!

As a musician and performer, Jung is equally passionate in both orchestral and chamber music. She has orchestral experience as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and second Associate Concertmaster of Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Jung often performs in chamber music series in Canada.

This is the fourth time Jung Tsai has performed at our Noon Hour series, and we are always impressed by her musicianship.


The title of this concert comes from a quote from one of the composers, namely Eugene Ysaye. 

Ysaÿe recurrently warns violinists that they should never forget to play instead of becoming preoccupied with technical elements; a violin master "must be a violinist, a thinker, a poet, a human being, he must have known hope, love, passion and despair, he must have run the gamut of the emotions in order to express them all in his playing."

Of course this quote applies equally to violinists of all genders.

Eugene Ysaye: Violin Solo Sonata No. 5, Op 27

Karol Szymanovski: Violin Sonata, Op 9

George Gershwin/arr. Jascha Heifetz: Porgy and Bess Suite



Staebler Insuranc

All Noon Hour Concerts take place in the Conrad Grebel Chapel.  There is paid parking onsite or Conrad Grebel is accessible through the ION train or GRT Bus number 12.

Anna Ronai, piano

Anna Ronai

Anna Ronai is a graduate of the Music University of the Arts Vienna, where she earned two Masters degrees, one in Piano Performance and the other in Collaborative Piano. She maintained  positions at the Vienna and Innsbruck Conservatories, and a faculty position for piano, piano  chamber music at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna.

Anna has appeared and placed in several major Lied Duo competitions such as the Robert Schumann Duo Competition in Zwickau, Germany, the East & West Artists International Auditions in New York, and Schubert und die Moderne in Graz, Austria.

In 2009 Anna moved to Canada,  and is a Vocal / Opera Coach at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. In Fall 2020 Anna  joined Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo as the piano instructor, where she has  also been an instrumental  accompanist since 2019.

She is an active performer at concerts and recitals across Ontario and abroad. Performances with the Trio d’Argento include “Music Toronto”. In collaboration with Vienna based Flutist Ulrike  Anton and the  “” Institute in Vienna she played several concerts at the Holocaust Education week in Toronto and at University of Ottawa. Anna also actively collaborates with Jim Mason and the Wellington Wind Ensemble and Gallery Players, in various recent Chamber Music recitals in the region.