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Yuan-Qing Yu     Assistant Concertmaster


“Violin playing simply doesn't get any better than what Yu delivered Thursday. Her intonation was exact, her tone silken, her rhythm firm, her line poised.”


John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune


“Yu's violin playing and commitment put her at least in a rank with many top international soloists. It was a memorable and moving accomplishment.”


Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun Times


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Yuan-Qing Yu joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1995.  A year later, Daniel Barenboim appointed her assistant concertmaster.


An international award-winning violinist, Yuan-Qing Yu leads an active life in music as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher and advocate of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


A native of Shanghai, Yuan-Qing Yu began playing the violin at age 6 and graduated with highest distinction from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.  At age 17, she won the Chinese Nationwide Violin Competition.  The following year, she captured second prize at the world-renowned Menuhin International Violin Competition in England.  She was awarded the grand prize in the Holland Music Sessions World Concert Tour Competition two years later.  Yuan-Qing also took the third grand prize in the Jacques Thibaud International Competition in Paris, and a special prize for her outstanding performance of the contemporary work written especially for the competition.


Yuan-Qing Yu has given numerous critically acclaimed performances as featured soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio France Philharmonic, and the London City Orchestra. She has performed concerti under the direction Christoph von Dohnányi, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, James DePreist, and Harry Bicket, among others.  Yuan-Qing Yu has appeared in recitals throughout the U.S. and Europe.  Locally, she can be heard regularly on WFMT’s "Live from WFMT" program, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNow series, and many other venues.  


Yuan-Qing Yu has great enthusiasm for contemporary music.  She gave the Chicago premier of Pierre Boulez’s Anthèmes 2 for violin solo. Her performance won such high praise from both Maestro Boulez and the critics in Chicago; Boulez and Barneboim invited Yuan-Qing to perform this work in Berlin as part of the grand celebration concert for Maestro Boulez’s 80th birthday.

 

Yuan-Qing Yu shares her love for the art of violin playing with students throughout Chicago.  As a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Yuan-Qing recognizes the importance of building patrons’ familiarity with the CSO and exposing young students to classical music.  She has offered her services as a performer, teacher, and interviewee during the CSO’s Symphonython.  She has donated her services to church and community music-education programs.  She has also enjoyed performing in CSO-sponsored events for patrons and school concerts.  She was on the faculty of Northwestern University from 2000 to 2003.  Currently she serves on the faculty at Roosevelt University.


Yuan-Qing Yu is an active chamber musician.  She has collaborated with Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zukerman, Lang Lang, Menahem Pressler, Michael Tree, Gary Hoffman, and Yo-Yo Ma. She is a founding member of the group Civitas Ensemble, which gives more than 15 concerts a year, and performs regularly for hospital patients and coaches public school students.


Prior to joining the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Yuan-Qing Yu earned an Artist Certificate in violin and a master of music degree from Southern Methodist University. 

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