Madeline Tsai is the third child in her family. She is a versatile musician who has been trained as a conductor, pianist, organist, singer, and timpanist. She was a conductor in residence Hart Institute at The Dallas Opera 2019. Alumna of JPYAP WoCo courses as active conductor in 2019 and 2020, career training program for outstanding female conductor at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. In 2021, she was invited as fellow conductor at Cabrillo Festival for contemporary music by Cristian Măcelaru. She can work with the following languages: German, English, Mandarin and Taiwanese. She is currently learning Italian and French.
Madeline has won prestigious, World renowned prizes, including the 2017 Solti International Conducting Competition in Hungary, the People's Choice Award - the favorite conductor of the first round. The 3rd Prize of Prof. Dichler competition in conducting in 2016. Solo Prizes in percussion and singing since childhood.
Ms. Tsai’s strength in Solfege, with solid training in singing and percussion, not only paved way for strong Sight Reading, but also benefited learning score economically. Her repertoire range is from Gregorian chant to Contemporary. Her first conducting concert engagement started with Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra in her native country Taiwan in 2017. Later in 2019, Maestro Grigor Palikarov helped her to kick start the European debut concert with Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra. In the Covid Pandemic, she got a short notice invitation and stepped up as a substitute conductor for a Hakka Concert – 7 contemporary music, including 2 world premiere violin concertos by Gordon Chin and Claire Huang, performed by violinist Cho-Liang Lin with National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. She was drawn to contemporary music, as she felt a great connection with all musical trainings. Through Marin Alsop’s encouragement, she founded her orchestra in Vienna in 2021. Madeline is a mentee of Prof. Jorma Panula in Panula Academy.
Through masterclasses and competitions, she worked with many orchestras around the world: the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Chroma Ensemble, Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Bucharest National Radio Orchestra, Lithuania State Symphony Orchestra, Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore, in a wider scope, with Martha Graham Dance Company co-operating with Astoria Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Dumbarton Oaks. With timely donations collected in pursuit of her conducting career, Madeline was very fortunate to become a co-founder for Scout Children Choir in Taipei; at the same time, worked many side jobs, including Marimba CD Album for Mos Burger Company in Taiwan and singing album for other recording companies. In America, she worked as pianist staff at American Repertoire Ballet school, Princeton girl choir, music director/organist at Church, etc.
After earning a B.F.A. degree from the Taipei National University of the Arts, Ms. Tsai came to the United States, and received a Master's degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Besides Music, she is also good in overall production management, including but not limited to scheduling, concert programming, budgeting, and rehearsals. For instance, in 2009, she executed 4 fundraising concerts to help 9 to 12 Taiwanese musicians the opportunity to perform at the Carnegie Weill Hall.
Further studies took Ms. Tsai to Vienna, where she served as a freelance coach and pianist for singers from the Vienna State Opera, Volksoper, Theatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera and assisted Grace Bumbry in her master class. Moreover, as choir singer, she joined Komische Oper Berlin (The Magic Flute) for Asia Tour.
In her spare time, Ms. Tsai enjoys cooking. Since she can identify all the ingredients in a dish by the sense of smell. She also loves to re-create culinary favorites from around the World. Truth be told, the motivation and process to cook and make music are quite similar in her mind.