Heng-Han Hou

Violin (Community Program Mentor)

Heng-Han Hou’s appearance is generously supported by Judith Humphrey & Marc Egnal.

Hailing from Taiwan, Heng-Han Hou is a highly sought-after violinist who has firmly established himself in Canada’s music scene with his intuitive musicality and captivating performances.

Heng-Han frequently performs as a soloist, chamber player, and orchestral musician. Recent performances include the premier of David Bowser’s Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin in the Shuffle Hour recital at Toronto Summer Music, where he was showcased as an alumnus. Heng-Han performs regularly with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Canadian Opera Company. He has also appeared as substitute Associate Concertmaster with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Since September 2020, Heng-Han has held the tenured Principal Second Violin position with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Regina Symphony Chamber Players.

Besides performing, Heng-Han is also an active pedagogue. He was recently engaged in the Intercultural String Exchange Project, which was supported by the Saskatchewan Arts grant. The project aimed to create a more diverse and inclusive curriculum by integrating multicultural string traditions in teaching. For this initiative, Heng-Han and his colleagues presented 7 concerts involving Arabic and Cuban-afro music, as well as Métis fiddling. Heng-Han was also a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teacher Association, worked as an ensemble coach, and was a piano accompanist at the North York Suzuki Institute. Furthermore, he held teaching assistantships for the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, and taught violin lessons as an assistant to Prof. Jonathan Crow.

Heng-Han received his Doctor of Musical Arts in violin performance at the University of Toronto in 2022 under the tutelage of Prof. Jonathan Crow.