November 16, 2022

Violinists Xiao Wang and Chloé Kiffer join MSM’s prestigious strings faculty

News Release

The two appointments complement several other recent high-profile faculty appointments by the renowned conservatory, including violinists Eugene Drucker (Emerson String Quartet) and Ilmar Gavilán (Harlem Quartet).

NEW YORK, November 16, 2022 – Renowned international music conservatory Manhattan School of Music (MSM) announced today that esteemed violinists – both MSM alumni – Chloé Kiffer and Xiao Wang will join the School’s prestigious Strings faculty, led by Chair Nicholas Mann.

The two appointments follow several high-profile faculty additions announced by the School in recent months, including two other violin appointments: Emerson Quartet founding member Eugene Drucker and Harlem Quartet founding member and MSM alumnus Ilmar Gavilán (MM ’01, PS ’02). In addition to these and other high-profile faculty appointments, longtime concertmaster of the Met Opera Orchestra David Chan assumed the mantle of leadership of MSM’s renowned Graduate Program in Orchestral Performance; the program – formerly chaired by Glenn Dicterow – is the first accredited degree program of its kind in the United States and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Xiao Wang was first-prize winner of the 2012 Szigeti International Violin Competition and a Laureate of both the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition and the 2015 Seoul International Competition. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and Artist Diploma from MSM. Chloé Kiffer is a soloist and orchestral and chamber musician who has performed around the world and throughout the U.S.; she has been praised by The New York Times for her “pure and beautiful tone” and been described by The Greenwich Sentinel as “a star in every sense.” She earned her master’s degree and Professional Studies certificate from MSM.

Both Mr. Wang and Ms. Kiffer are already members of the MSM Precollege Division faculty and will assume their new teaching duties with the College at the start of the Fall 2023 semester.

“Chloé and Xiao are wonderful new additions to our impressive and inspiring Strings faculty at MSM,” says department chair Nicholas Mann. “These two newest faculty appointments, in addition to other recent additions to the department, such as Eugene Drucker and Ilmar Gavilán, are building on a tradition of excellence that runs deep in this institution.”

David Chan’s leadership of the MSM Orchestral Performance Program – an area of study that provides graduate students with individual instruction from leading musicians drawn from world-renowned orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and Met Opera Orchestra, while allowing its students to form the core unit of key MSM ensembles – has also brought an inspiring depth of experience and new energy to MSM since he started as Head of the department on July 1.

“As MSM continues to build on its more than 100 years of excellence, it is exciting to welcome these talented and creative artist-educators as faculty,” says Executive Vice President and Provost Joyce Griggs, “and, in the case of Chloé and Xiao, both of whom earned multiple degrees here, to welcome them home. Their respective track records as musicians and teachers, combined with their belief in the mission of MSM and their commitment to our Cultural Inclusion initiatives, will greatly enhance the Strings faculty and the School writ large.”

Chloé Kiffer’s and Xiao Wang’s bios, as well as more information about MSM and its Graduate Program in Orchestral Performance, can be found below.

For further information, please contact Jeff Breithaupt, Vice President for Media and Communications, at or (917) 493-4702.


In 1991, Manhattan School of Music inaugurated the Graduate Program in Orchestral Performance, the first accredited degree program of its kind in the United States. Chaired by Glenn Dicterow for its first three decades and, as of July 1, 2022, led by David Chan as its newly appointed Head, the program seeks to produce polished musicians of the highest artistic caliber, who are prepared intensively in the orchestral repertoire for careers as symphonic players. Students are trained to participate fully in both performance and other nonmusical aspects of life in the modern orchestra, such as orchestra governance, artistic planning, community engagement, and audience development. Since the program’s founding, alumni have earned hundreds of orchestral positions in orchestras across the U.S. and worldwide. Its faculty include musicians from the Met Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.


Founded as a community music school by Janet Daniels Schenck in 1918, today MSM is recognized for its more than 1,000 superbly talented undergraduate and graduate students who come from more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states; its innovative curricula and world-renowned artist-teacher faculty that includes musicians from the New York Philharmonic, the Met Orchestra, and the top ranks of the jazz and Broadway communities; and a distinguished community of accomplished, award-winning alumni working at the highest levels of the musical, educational, cultural, and professional worlds.

The School is dedicated to the personal, artistic, and intellectual development of aspiring musicians, from its Precollege students through those pursuing doctoral studies. Offering classical, jazz, and musical theatre training, MSM grants a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. True to MSM’s origins as a music school for children, the Precollege program continues to offer superior music instruction to 475 young musicians between the ages of 5 and 18. The School also serves some 2,000 New York City schoolchildren through its Arts-in-Education Program, and another 2,000 students through its critically acclaimed Distance Learning Program.


Manhattan School of Music acknowledges that we gather on the traditional land of the Lenape and Wappinger past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations. This calls us to commit to continuing to learn how to be better stewards of the land we inhabit as well.


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