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