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Xiang Yu


Winner of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in 2010, Xiang Yu is regarded as one of the world’s most talented and creative young artists. His astonishing technique, distinctive sound and exceptional musicality have won him critical acclaim (_The Strad, Strings Magazine, The Boston Globe_) and enthusiastic audience response worldwide.

In 2012-13, Yu made his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He appeared as a soloist with the Auckland and Shanghai symphony orchestras, the Oslo and Calgary philharmonic orchestras, Munich Chamber Orchestra and Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra. The highlights of his 2013-14 season include his world tour with the Trondheim Soloists and debut in the Boston Symphony Hall with Hugh Wolff. As an active recitalist, Yu has performed in venues throughout the world, including Konzerthaus Berlin, Shanghai Grand Theatre, National Center For The Performing Arts and Louvre Museum Auditorium.

An enthusiastic chamber musician, Yu performed with the Xiang Quartet in China. The group won first prize in the Bode Cup Chamber Music Competition and premiered many contemporary chamber music masterpieces in China, including Ullmann’s String Quartet No. 3 and Hartmann’s String Quartet No.1. Yu has participated in numerous world-renowned summer festivals such as the Verbier Academy (Switzerland), Bergen Festival (Norway) and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival (USA). He has collaborated with such artists as Kim Kashkashian, Ivry Gitlis, Walter Levin, Ana Chumachenco, Mihaela Martin, Pamela Frank, Paul Katz, Ida Kavafian, Igor Ozim, Frans Helmerson and Christian Tetzlaff.

Recently, Yu was the featured artist in residence on Performance Today and has given live performances and interviews on both Drive Time Live and On Point.

Born in Inner Mongolia, Yu moved to Shanghai at 11 years old and received his early training from Qing Zheng at the Shanghai Conservatory. A recipient of the Irene M. Stare Scholarship in Violin, a full scholarship and Merit Award at the New England Conservatory (NEC), Yu is a candidate for NEC’s Artist Diploma as the only instrumentalist in the prestigious program. He is studying with Donald Weilerstein and Kim Kashkashian and serves as Weilerstein’s teaching assistant.

Xiang Yu

Photo by Jesse Weiner

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