Biography

Angelo Xiang Yu

Winner of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in 2010, violinist Angelo Xiang Yu is regarded as one of today’s most talented and creative young violinists. His astonishing technique and exceptional musical maturity have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his solo recitals and orchestral and chamber music performances.

In addition to winning First Prize as well as the Bach and Audience Prizes at the Menuhin Competition, Mr. Yu was awarded 2nd prize at the Wieniawski International Violin Competition and 3rd prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. In March 2017, he was chosen to participate in the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program, beginning with the 18/19 season.

In North America, Angelo Xiang Yu’s recent and upcoming orchestral engagements include appearances with the orchestras in Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver and Houston, as well as with the North Carolina, Alabama, Charlotte, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, Grand Rapids, Toledo, Modesto, Tucson, Elgin, Binghamton and Lake Forest symphonies. In the summer of 2016, he participated for the second season in a row in Portland, Oregon’s Chamber Music Northwest festival and made his debut at the Green Music Center Chamberfest in Sonoma, California. Internationally, he has appeared with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Munich Chamber Orchestra and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Highlights of his 17/18 season include debuts with the Colorado and Pasadena symphonies, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Grant Park Music Festival in downtown Chicago and his recital debut at the Ravinia Festival; re-engagements with the North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Lake Forest symphonies; a return to Jordan Hall in Boston to play a recital for the Chinese Cultural Foundation; and a debut appearance with the New Zealand Symphony with performances throughout the country.

Also an active recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Yu has appeared in recital in Berlin, Paris, Beijing, Singapore, Shanghai, Auckland, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Boston. He has participated as a chamber musician in several of the world’s leading summer music festivals including the Verbier Festival in Switzerland and the Bergen Festival in Norway and attended the Kronberg Academy in Germany and the Perlman Music Program in New York. During the 12/13 season, Mr. Yu was invited to tour with Miriam Fried and chamber musicians from the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute and performed concerts in New York, Chicago, Florida and throughout New England. He was also recently featured as the Artist in Residence on American Public Media’s nationally broadcast radio program Performance Today.

Born in Inner Mongolia China, Angelo Xiang Yu moved to Shanghai at the age of 11 and received his early training from violinist Qing Zheng at the Shanghai Conservatory. Mr. Yu earned his Bachelor’s and Master's degrees at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he was the recipient of the Irene M. Stare Presidential Scholarship in Violin. He was a student of Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried and Kim Kashkashian, and served as Mr. Weilerstein’s teaching assistant. He was the only instrumentalist invited to be a candidate for NEC’s prestigious Artist Diploma, which he was awarded in May 2014.

Mr. Yu resides in Boston and performs on a 1729 Stradivarius violin generously on loan from an anonymous donor.

Please visit Angelo Xiang Yu’s website at www.angeloviolin.com

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