Violinist Khai Ern Ooi came to Sweden from Malaysia, where she was a regular substitute with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and a lecturer of violin and chamber music at UCSI University. (Her audition for hovkapellet in Aug 2016 was her first time visiting Sweden!) She was previously also a core member of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan, and has served as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra in USA.
As a founding member of Ensemble Virama, Khai Ern plays chamber music and presents workshops and outreach projects at schools and universities in Malaysia. Khai Ern has also performed with Lucerne Festival Academy, the Scottish Ensemble and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, and has premiered the music of Nigel Osborne, Gareth Farr and John Harbison with these and other groups.
Khai Ern was educated at Indiana University, where she studied violin with Federico Agostini and Mark Kaplan, and chamber music with Atar Arad and the Orion String Quartet.