Yuan-Qing Yu

Vio­linAssis­tant Con­cert­mas­ter of Chicago Sym­phony Orchestra

Yuan-Qing Yu joined the Chicago Sym­phony Orches­tra in 1995. A year later, Daniel Baren­boim appointed her assis­tant con­cert­mas­ter. An inter­na­tional award-winning vio­lin­ist, she leads an active life as a soloist, cham­ber musi­cian, teacher, and advo­cate for the Orchestra.

A native of Shang­hai, China, Yuan-Qing won the Chi­nese Nation­wide Vio­lin Com­pe­ti­tion at age sev­en­teen. The fol­low­ing year, she cap­tured sec­ond prize at the Menuhin Inter­na­tional Vio­lin Com­pe­ti­tion. She was awarded the grand prize in the Hol­land Music Ses­sions World Con­cert Tour Com­pe­ti­tion two years later. Yuan-Qing also took third grand prize in the Jacques Thibaud Inter­na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion in Paris.

Yuan-Qing has given numer­ous crit­i­cally acclaimed per­for­mances as fea­tured soloist with the CSO, the Monte Carlo and Radio France phil­har­mon­ics, and the Lon­don City Orches­tra. She has per­formed under Christoph von Dohnányi, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Marek Janowski, and James DePreist. She also has appeared in recital through­out the U.S. and Europe. An active cham­ber musi­cian, Yuan-Qing has col­lab­o­rated with Daniel Baren­boim, Pin­chas Zuk­er­man, Mena­hem Pressler, Lang Lang, and Yo-Yo Ma. Locally, she can be seen and heard reg­u­larly on WFMT’s Live pro­grams, with the Rem­brandt Cham­ber play­ers, on the Nor­ton Build­ing Con­cert Series, and in North­west­ern University’s Win­ter Music Fes­ti­val. Her per­for­mance of Vivaldi’s Four Sea­sons is avail­able for down­load at http://csosoundsandstories.org/video/vivaldi-four-seasons-natural-beauties/.

A contemporary-music enthu­si­ast, Yuan-Qing gave the Chicago pre­mière of Pierre Boulez’s Anthèmes 2 for solo vio­lin and was invited by Boulez and Baren­boim to per­form the work in Berlin for Boulez’s eightieth-birthday cel­e­bra­tion concert.

Yuan-Qing also serves on the vio­lin fac­ulty at Roo­sevelt Uni­ver­sity. Yuan-Qing Yu earned an artist’s cer­tifi­cate in vio­lin and a mas­ter of music degree from South­ern Methodist Uni­ver­sity.  For more infor­ma­tion, visit http://yuanqingyu.com

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