Fan-Chia Tao is Director of Research & Development at D’Addario & Company, where he develops violin-family and guitar strings. An accomplished violinist and violist, he is an avid chamber music player. He and Joseph Curtin co-founded and continue to co-direct the VSA-Oberlin Acoustics Workshop. He has collaborated with Curtin and others on numerous research projects, including acoustical measurements of instruments at the Smithsonian, the Strad 3D Project, the Vieuxtemps Project, and the Indianapolis and Paris double-blind experiments. He has presented talks and workshops for makers and musicians in North America and Europe, and published articles and papers in magazines and scientific journals.
Tao holds electrical engineering degrees from Caltech and Princeton University. He is currently the President of the Violin Society of America.