Violinist Ruotao Mao is an active soloist and chamber musician while holding numerous concertmaster posts in the tri-state area.
A native of Beijing, China, Mr. Mao graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with the “distinction in performance” award. He earned his master’s degree in music from the Mason Gross School of the Arts where he studied under violinist Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri String Quartet. He also studied with Dorothy Delay, Paul Kantor and Masuko Ushioda. As a chamber musician, he is one of the founding members of the former Beijing Piano Quartet, winner of Artists International Chamber Music Series and also the highly acclaimed Amabile String Quartet - quartet-in-residence at Rutgers University from 2000-2002. As a concerto soloist, he appeared with orchestras such as the Jupiter Symphony, Corelliard Chamber Orchestra, the Brunswick Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Symphonia, the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Arcadian Symphony Orchestra and many others. In 2004, Mr. Mao premiered a violin concerto by Ernie Stires in Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. He had performance tours in Korea, China, and Colombia. He performed on WNYC, WETS, and WDVR-FM broadcasts and is a recording artist for the CRI and Beijing Broadcast labels.
Mr. Mao serves as the concertmaster of the Riverside Symphonia, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Garden State Philharmonic, and the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra. Mr. Mao has taught violin and chamber music at the Lawrenceville School, the College of New Jersey, and Princeton University.
Originally from New York City, Robert Radliff was raised in South Florida where he began his musical studies on both violin and piano. Robert was a prize winner in many Florida music competitions, and after high school went on to study violin performance at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. After receiving his bachelor’s, he attained his master of arts in performance at Montclair State University where he was the Graduate Assistant to the orchestra. Robert has been featured as guest soloist with numerous orchestras in Florida and along the East Coast, and has collaborated with some of the world’s most iconic musical figures such as YoYo Ma, Itzahk Perlman, Jamie Laredo, and many others. He performs regularly at Carnegie Hall, and has recently founded a chamber music series at the New Jersey Institute of Technology known as “Music in the Library”. Robert is also the acting concertmaster of the South Orange Symphony, a position he has held since August of 2015.
Violist Jordan Fusco is an active performer, freelancer, and teacher in the North Jersey area. A passionate chamber musician, she is a founding member and violist of the Littman Quartet along with co-founder of Chamber Music Society of North Jersey. She holds a bachelor’s degree in violin and an artist diploma in viola from Montclair State University. Mrs. Fusco recently obtained her master’s degree in viola performance from Mannes College under the tutelage of Paul Neubauer. Recent engagements include performances with the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra as well as the newly formed Montclair Orchestra.
Paul Vanderwal is a cellist who has performed as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician throughout the greater New York metropolitan area. He has played in the Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, has performed extensively with local NJ orchestras, and has performed in China and the Netherlands. Most recently, he has been performing as the cellist for the Littman Quartet. Paul also has a passion for historical performance, most notably that of the Baroque style, and has played with the American Bach Soloists in San Francisco which has included performances of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor and North American premieres of Marin Marais’ Sémélé and Handel’s Parnassus in Festa. Mr. Vanderwal has also played in many rock bands and has done several mini tours across the east coast. He studied with Nick Tzavaras, cellist of the Shanghai Quartet, and has a bachelor’s degree in cello performance from Montclair State University.