Meet the Performers - Community For All Concert {11/5/17}


Meet the Performers

Eureka Ensemble has partnered with the Museum at Walnut Street Synagogue and Chelsea Collaborative to offer free performances celebrating the rich diversity of the Chelsea community on November 5th, 15th, and 19th. Each concert will feature classical musicians from the Greater Boston Area as well as “orchestra playgrounds,” where children and adults can see, touch, and play instruments with the musicians.

Every performance is free and open to the public and will showcase musical programs with commentary on the musical styles and heritages of the featured composers. With varied thematic repertoire, the series seeks to represent the diversity that makes Chelsea such a strong community.

Our first performance, on November 5th, will feature a Eureka string quartet. They will perform works by Haydn, Calvo, Piazzolla, & Chavez.

Meet our performers:


Singaporean violinist Yang Shuxiang is well-loved for his “flamboyant, do-or-die style” that “makes heads turn while always being true to the spirit of the music” (Straits Times). Yang has made solo appearances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore National Youth Orchestra, NUS Chinese Orchestra, and The Chamber Players. He has also featured in prominent festivals such as the Perlman Music Program and Macao Arts Festival. Recognized as one of Singapore’s foremost young musicians, Yang was showcased in the 2012 President’s Young Performers concert. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at New England Conservatory under Donald Weilerstein.

Japanese violinist Reina Murooka is currently a MM student of Donald Weilerstein and Nicholas Kitchen at the New England Conservatory. She received her undergraduate degrees from the dual degree program of the Bard College Conservatory, where she studied with Weigang Li, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and Arnold Steinhardt. Reina also received a degree in German Studies  and completed a senior thesis on a translation and analysis of selected works from the German-Japanese author Yoko Tawada. She spent a semester abroad in Berlin, studying at Humboldt University and the Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler with Ning Feng. She was also a recipient of the Bard Conservatory Fellowship scholarship. She began her violin studies at the age of eight with Anthony Mo Kwok Fai from the Hong Kong Philharmonic in Hong Kong, and has proceeded to study under Hui Er Chen from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in Shanghai, Isako Shinozaki from the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan, Wei He from the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory Department, Edward Zienkowski, Pavel Hůla, and Ivan Ženatý. She has participated in summer festivals such as Music@Menlo, Yellowbarn, Bowdoin International Music Festival, BUTI, and Kneisel Hall. She currently enjoys working as a Student Engagement Fellow at NEC and playing with the Boston Philharmonic, Eureka Ensemble, and Phoenix Ensemble. 

Jack Mobley is recognized as an engaging and dynamic young violist. Growing up in Southeast Michigan, he began his studies at the age of four on violin. Switching to viola at the suggestion of his teachers, he attended the University of Michigan where he completed degrees in both music and art history. Jack is always looking for ways to employ his background in art history and explore how it intertwines with classical music. It has fostered a desire to to set up cutting-edge performances in gallery spaces and using visual art to inform his interpretations of music he is working on. He is currently pursuing his masters degree at New England Conservatory where he studies with Cathy Basrak.


Joy Yanai was born in Canada and raised in Japan. She began taking cello lessons at the age of five in Japan before attending Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA in 2006. She completed her B.M. and M.M. degrees with Laurence Lesser and Paul Katz, and she is currently finishing her Graduate Diploma with Lluis Claret at New England Conservatory. 


Eureka Team