Yi-Chieh Jay Lai
Yi-Chieh Jay Lai has performed in Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, the United States, Germany, France, and Turkey. She has served as an artist in residence at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the Northern Illinois University as a soloist and at the Rice University with ensemble IIIZ+. Her album, Transformation, was nominated as Best Folk Music Album of the Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan’s equivalent of the Grammys.
As an active educator, she has given lectures in schools and organizations including Akademie der Künste (Berlin), University of French Polynesia, and Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand.
She received her PhD in ethnomusicology from University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She also received her master’s degree in musicology from Taipei National University of the Arts and her bachelor’s degree in guzheng performance from National Taiwan University of Arts.