Fan-Chia Tao is director of Research & Development at D’Addario & Company, where he develops violin-family and guitar strings. He has electrical engineering degrees from Caltech and Princeton University. He is also an accomplished violinist and violist, and an avid chamber music player..
Tao is a Trustee of the CAS Forum (formerly the Catgut Acoustical Society), and a former Vice-President of the Violin Society of America – an organization with which he remains closely involved. His interest in violin acoustics was fostered by his mentor Norman Pickering.
Tao and Curtin co-founded and currently co-direct the VSA-Oberlin Acoustics Workshop. They have worked together on numerous research endeavors, including acoustical measurements of instruments at the Smithsonian, the Vieuxtemps Project, and the Indianapolis and Paris double-blind experiments (Tao is a co-author of four papers associated with these experiments). He and Curtin have together given presentations and workshops for makers and musicians in North America and Europe.