Founded by Taiwanese violist Hsuan Lee and guitarist Ming-Jui Liu in 2019, Duo Passio’s repertoire covers all the original works and arrangements from Baroque to Contemporary, and from classical to folklore.
Both acclaimed musicians in their own right. As an avid chamber musician, Hsuan has toured in the U.S., Czech Republic, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and collaborated with renowned artists such as Andres Cardenas, Bela Horvath, Megumi Kasakawa, Ryan Meehan (Calidore String Quartet), Joann Whang (Argus String Quartet), Philip Setzer, and Paul Watkins (Emerson String Quartet) to name a few. As a full scholarship recipient, Hsuan holds a post master’s degree from University of Michigan, under the tutelage of Yizhak Schotten. Hsuan is pursuing her doctoral degree at Stony Brook University, studying with world-renowned artists such as Emerson String Quartet.
Ming-Jui has received several awards at various guitar competitions in Taiwan. He has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician in different venues worldwide. In 2016, Ming-Jui was invited to give a solo recital in I Seminário Internacional de Violão do IFCE (Fortaleza, Brazil). In 2017, as a co-founder of Arvo Duo, Ming-Jui gave a duo recital in the 25th Long Island Guitar Festival. In 2018, Ming-Jui was a festival artist and judge in the 4th Qinling Mountains International Guitar Festival (Shaanxi, China). Currently Ming-Jui serves on the faculty of Conservatory of Music at Huanggang Normal University.
Founded by Uzbekistan violinist Anna Tsukervanik and Taiwanese guitarist Ming-Jui Liu, Tsukervanik-Liu Duo is an awarded chamber group performing both essential and rarely-performed repertoire including new works from the twenty-first century.
Both acclaimed musicians in their own right, Anna worked and performed with such distinguished artists as Ilya Kaler, Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet, Mark Jackobs, Yael Weiss, and Ralph Kirshbaum, while Ming-Jui, as a soloist and a chamber musician he was invited to perform in Taiwan, Brazil, China, and the United States. In 2018, Ming-Jui was a festival artist and judge in the 4th Qinling Mountains International Guitar Festival (Shaanxi, China).
"...Arvo Duo’s performance is absolutely gorgeous.The interpretation is very expressive and passionate."
-João Luiz Rezende Lopes, Brasil Guitar Duo
Based on interest in similar repertoire, Canadian violinist Joenne Dumitrascu and Taiwanese guitarist Ming-Jui Liu began collaborating in the fall of 2015 while studying at Stony Brook University. The duo has been quickly building a reputation for exploring cross-genre repertoire as well as for their arrangements of standard chamber works. They take their name from Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, a highly-influential figure during the 20th-century to whose works and style they were both immediately drawn to.
In 2017, Arvo Duo was invited to give a duo recital in the 25th Long Island Guitar Festival.