Get To Know Elizabeth Tsung And Her Release “Illusions”

Elizabeth Tsung is a United States, NYC based violinist and a composer who is well versed in the arts of classical sounds. Elizabeth has just released an original EP titled “Illusions”. We had a few questions and answers with her. Below are exclusive details on Elizabeth Tsung and her new release.

What is your real name?

Elizabeth Tsung

 

What’s your official Stage Name (showbiz name)?

Elizabeth Tsung

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What do you do (fashion, music, comedy, artist, dancer, etc.)?

I consider myself an artist of many forms. I am a violinist and composer based in NYC. I’ve been playing violin for over 2 decades, and currently perform with many orchestras in the area, specialising in classical music and musical theatre. I also have a private teaching studio. Recently I have enjoyed working remotely to compose for a few short films, and I have just released my original composition of a classical album called Illusions. I feel so incredibly grateful to be able to play music and sustain myself, especially during an ongoing pandemic.

 

How did you get into what you do (music, modelling, art, dance, etc.?)

I was originally forced to play violin as a kid (I had a pretty typical Asian American upbringing), but in my early teens I discovered I really enjoyed it and started practising seriously on my own… I continued my musical studies in college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where I graduated with a bachelor’s in violin performance. I used to practise between 6-8 hours a day, but these days I average around 3 hours with my busy schedule.

 

What field or genre are you into and give a brief description of what your career/profession/ field feels like?

It’s strange because even though I am a classical musician, I don’t feel inclined to limit myself to one genre. I think it’s because I’m also a composer; therefore, I enjoy many types of music. I would personally love to play more jazz and pop on the violin. The world of classical music isn’t the most diverse or welcoming, and that of course comes with its own struggles, but I think things are changing and this community is becoming less rigid than it once was.

For instance, the classical world is heavily male dominated and you rarely see females or people of colour being highlighted, but now there’s more emphasis on promoting diversity, and I do believe the world of classical music is ultimately changing for the better. The culture is heavily demanding and I’ve personally I experienced it negatively affecting my mental health in my teens to early 20s. The Imposter syndrome is real and still something I battle with daily. A lot of musicians have so much guilt if they’re not practising for all hours of the day and can really beat themselves over it, and I think it’s ultimately about finding the balance between working hard and enjoying one’s life.

Get To Know Elizabeth Tsung And Her Release "Illusions, Part II"
Get To Know Elizabeth Tsung And Her Release “Illusions, Part II”

Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?

My goal has always been to create music for people who don’t typically listen to classical music to enjoy just because I am so passionate about classical music and it’s my niche. I want to broaden people’s ideas of what classical music is and what it can be so they can I enjoy music the way I do.

 

What was your first project and the people you worked with and which year?

My first solo project (“To Return is But a Dream” EP) was released in October 2020. It features 3 original compositions and I played all the violin and piano parts. I didn’t collaborate with other musicians, although I worked with the most incredible illustrator and graphic designer Carlos Kazyak-Albaladejo.

 

How many projects do you have so far?

As a composer, I’ve released a total of 8 projects (2 EPs and 6 singles). As an orchestral player, I’ve been a part of 2 award winning classical albums and as a violinist I’ve performed and recorded for many independent composers.

 

How long have you been doing what you do?

I have been playing the violin for over 25 years.

Get To Know Elizabeth Tsung And Her Release "Illusions, Part II"
Get To Know Elizabeth Tsung And Her Release “Illusions, Part II”

What do you look out for in this line of business?

Kindness, honesty and respect.

 

Have you won any awards or been nominated for an award? Or in short, any achievement? Both in and out of your career path.

At Michigan I performed Milhaud’s L’Orestie d’Eschyle, which was nominated for a GRAMMY award.

 

What is this new release about?

My new EP Illusions features 5 original compositions (and a bonus classical cover of my favourite piano concerto if you purchase on Bandcamp). This album focuses on my experience with my mental health struggles and the illusions I would create in my head to build my own sense of safety. Illusions Parts I and II feature a string quartet, and I play the violin for the first violin parts. I’ve also incorporated more instruments with this second EP, and in Elegies 1 and 2 I play the glockenspiel and singing bowls.

 

Who and how many people worked on it?

The two parts of Illusions feature a string quartet. Since I played the violin 1 part, I had my colleagues and friends Michael Massina covering violin 2, Michael Lee for viola, and Camille Dietrich for cello. I am so thankful to my engineer Dallas Palumbo, who mixed and mastered all my pieces (we’ve been working together ever since my first EP). All the songs were recorded at Sabella Studios in NY. Carlos, who designed my first album cover, also created this album cover for me. I created a mood board as reference and showed it to Carlos, and they ended up creating an illustration of me in a bathtub in a magical forest and bringing my vision to life.

 

What can your previous and new audiences anticipate from you in the future?

Previously, the summation of my work has been very classically based. However, in the future I see my music transforming into a blend of multiple genres and with more instruments. As previously mentioned, I’ve gone through my own mental health struggles, and ultimately, I just want my music to uplift people who are going through a difficult time

 

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