Winner of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in 2010, violinist Xiang Yu is regarded as one of today’s most talented and creative young violinists. His astonishing technique, distinctive sound, and exceptional musicality have won him consistent critical acclaim (the Strad, Strings Magazine, the Boston Globe) and enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his solo recitals, orchestral engagements, and chamber music performances.
In addition to winning the Menuhin Competition, including the Bach Prize and Audience prize, Xiang also won 2nd prize in the Wieniawski International Violin Competition (2006) as the youngest prize winner; 3rd prize in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition (2011); 2nd prize and the Best Commissioned Work Prize in the 25th Irving M. Klein International String Competition; and 1st prize and the Best Chamber Music Performance prize of the Baden-Württemberg International Music Competition (2005).
In 2012-13, he was chosen as one of Performance Today’s Young Artists-in-Residence and performances by and conversations with him were featured daily on the nationally broadcast public radio show during the week of April 13, 2013. He was also selected to tour with chamber musicians and violinist Miriam Fried from the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute.
In 2012-13, Xiang made his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, captivating audiences with playing that combines passion and purity of interpretation. He also appeared as a soloist with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Young-Euro Classic Orchestra, and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Born in Inner Mongolia, Xiang moved to Shanghai at the age of 11 and received his early training from violinist Qing Zheng at the Shanghai Conservatory. A recipient of the Irene M. Stare Scholarship in Violin and a full scholarship at NEC, Xiang is a candidate for the Artist Diploma as one of only two instrumentalists in the prestigious program. He is studying with Donald Weilerstein and Kim Kashkashian and serves as the teaching assistant for Weilerstein.
Besides his solo recital, Xiang can be heard as soloist with Hugh Wolff and the NEC Philharmonia playing the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 on April 23, 2014 and with Courtney Lewis and the Discovery Ensemble playing the Stravinsky Violin Concerto, April 13, 2014 in NEC's Jordan Hall.
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