Martin Kuo Tzu-Ming 郭子銘, Violin 小提琴
Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, violinist Martin Kuo Tzu-Ming’s introduction to classical music started on the piano with his mum who is a music teacher. He then followed the footsteps of his elder brother to learn the violin at 6 years old.
Martin first played in a quartet during his middle school’s time and developed a strong enthusiasm for chamber music. He then went to the music class of Kaohsiung Municipal Kaohsiung Senior High School, majoring in violin and minoring in piano performance. In 2016, Martin was awarded a full scholarship at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to study with Prof. Ivan Chan, the former leader of Miami String Quartet. His previous teachers included Chinn-Horng Nanette Chen, Li I-ching, Jung-Shin Fang, Jing-Ying Zhen and studied in other occasions with Ida Kavafian, Benny Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Ning Feng, Shizuka Ishikawa, Gregory Maytan, Evgeny Zvonnikov, Gregory Plays and Vesselin Paraschkevov among the others.
Tzu-Ming was awarded a full scholarship to CICA Summer Music Festival in Dallas, Texas in 2012 and was the winner of the concerto competition there. He is also the winner of the concerto competition at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and performed Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the orchestra in 2018. Martin has also attended Ken Blossom Music Festival and Meadowmount School of Music with full scholarship.
Previously a member of the Virtus Quartet in 2016-17, Martin joined the Cong Quartet as an interim member in 2018-19 season, which participated in various international chamber events such as the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute in New York and Salzburg Mozart International Chamber Competition in Tokyo.
小提琴手郭子銘出生於台灣高雄市，因媽媽為音樂老師而接觸鋼琴，在6歲時跟隨同樣學習小提琴的哥哥，開始修習小提琴。 在國中期間初次接觸四重奏，產生了濃厚的興趣，後升學高雄市立高雄高級中學的音樂班，主修小提琴， 副修鋼琴。
郭氏在台灣時先後隨曾靜瑩、方永信、李宜錦和陳沁紅老師學習，也曾在不同場合接受Ida Kavafian、 Benny Kim、 林昭亮、 寧峰、石川靜、Gregory Maytan、Evgeny Zvonnikov、 法國總統府交響樂團首席Gregory Plays、 前維也納愛樂首席Vesselin Paraschkevov 等大師指導，並在2016年拿全額獎學金到香港演藝學院深造，師隨邁阿密四重奏的前小提琴手陳浩堂教授至今。
子銘在2012年獲得CICA Summer Music Festival全額獎學金赴美學習, 並在協奏曲比賽的公開組, 在第一名從缺的情況下獲得第二名, 與樂團在德州達拉斯舉行小提琴協奏曲演出。子銘也是應屆香港演藝學院協奏曲比賽的得獎者，與音樂學院的管弦樂團合作演出布魯赫的蘇格蘭幻想曲。在音樂節方面，子銘曾拿全額獎學金出席Meadowmount School of Music 7個星期的訓練，也在去年夏天出席了Kent Blossom Music Festival。
郭子銘於2016-17年曾為Virtus 四重奏的成員，並在2018-19樂季成為Cong 四重奏的暫代小提琴手，出席紐約羅伯特曼恩四重奏研討會和東京薩爾斯堡莫札特國際比賽等室樂盛會