Fueled by passion—and sometimes coffee and tea—the Galliard String Quartet’s romance with the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Shostakovich, and many others is unparalleled. Founded in 1982, the Galliard is renowned throughout the islands for its uncompromising commitment to performing classical and modern music of the highest caliber. All four current members of the Galliard Quartet are also members of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra and are experienced teachers and music educators in the community. The Galliard’s 1995 album “Songs of Lili’uokalani” pays respectful homage to Hawaiian musical history through modern arrangements of the Queen’s compositions by Robert Cazimero, Angel Pena, Byron Yasui, and other local composers. Recent highlights include collaborations with acclaimed pianists Joyce Yang, Wu Han, and Billy Childs; Hawaiian vocal artist Raiatea Helm; local composers Michael Thomas Foumai, Takuma Itoh, Leilehua Lanzilotti, and Jon Magnussen; and silent film historian Rick Benjamin.

Dr. Helen Liu


Dr. Liu is a core violinist with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra (HSO) and regularly performs in various chamber music series on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island. She holds degrees in violin performance from Stony Brook University (D.M.A.), New England Conservatory (M.M. and G.D. with a Concentration in Music-in-Education), and the University of Maryland – College Park (B.M.). Currently, she is on faculty for violin/viola and chamber music at Punahou School and serves as a string clinician at the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony’s Pacific Music Institute. Helen has been a member of the Galliard since 2016 and serves as the Education Coordinator for Chamber Music Hawai‘i’s statewide Education and Community Engagement Program, scheduling in-school and community concerts and workshops since 2020.

Wu Hung


Principal 2nd Violin with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra (HSO), Wu Hung is a native of Taiwan who joined the orchestra in 1993. He earned his Artist Diploma in violin performance from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut and received his Master of Music degree with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Anna Womack


A member of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra and University of Hawai‘i faculty since 1995, violist Anna Womack concertizes frequently with various chamber groups and is a core performer with Pacific International Concert Artists. As a proponent of new music she has premiered numerous chamber and solo works. Anna is also active as an educator, maintaining a private teaching studio in Hawai‘i Kai, and serving as a clinician at school music programs. She enjoys playing tennis in her spare time.

Dr. Sung Chan Chang


Sung Chan began playing the cello at age 7. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Korean National University of Arts in 2008, a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School in 2010, an Artist Diploma from Yale University in 2012, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Northwestern University in 2020. Currently, he is the Associate Principal cellist at the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra. Sung Chan made his debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra, Music Academy Festival Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Chamber Orchestra, and Seoul National Symphony. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at Carnegie Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater in Lincoln Center, and Seoul Arts Center. His festival appearances include Music Academy of the West, The Perlman Music Program, Aspen Music Festival, and Bowdoin International Music Festival.