Frances Hsieh, a native of Chapel Hill, began studying violin at age five under Dorothy Kitchen of the Duke University String School. She continued her studies with Eric Pritchard as an A.J. Fletcher scholar at Duke University. There, she earned degrees in Music and Biology and served as concertmaster of the Duke Symphony Orchestra for three years.
Under the tutelage of Charles Castleman, Frances received her masters in 2005 for Violin Performance at the Eastman School of Music. She performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra through an internship with the Eastman Orchestral Studies Program.
As a member of the Eastman Chamber Music Society, Frances received instruction from Mikail Kopelman, Zvi Zeitlin, George Taylor, and the Ying Quartet. Frances has attended numerous summer music festivals including Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Eastern Music Festival, Quartet Program, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, AIMS music festival in Graz, Austria and has received Benenson Awards to attend Aspen Music Festival and Musicorda.
She is a regular member of Chamber Music Charleston and has performed with the Eastman Quartet touring through Austria and Italy.
Frances has performed with the North Carolina and Phoenix Symphonies and has won positions with the Colorado Music Festival, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Asheville, Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.