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, String magazine, 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).
Last season, 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. The highlight of his next season includes his debut in the
Boston Symphony Hall with Hugh Wolff.
As an active recitalist, Xiang has performed more than 20 concerts in
venues throughout the world, including Konzerthaus Berlin (Germany),
Shanghai Grand Theatre, National Center For The Performing Arts (China),
Wienawski Hall (Poland), the Grand Theatre of Calgary (Canada), Victoria
Concert Hall (Singapore), Oslo Opera House & Troldsalen Bergen (Norway),
Auckland Town Hall (New Zealand), Louvre Museum Auditorium (France),
Bennett-Gordon Hall, Heinz Hall, and Jordan Hall (USA).
Xiang is also an enthusiastic chamber musician. Since the age of
fourteen, he has regularly performed in chamber music concerts in China
with repertoire ranging from Joseph Haydn to Alfred Schnittke. His Xiang
Quartet not only won the 1st prize in the Bode Cup Chamber Music
Competition, but also premiered many contemporary chamber music
masterpieces in China, including Ullmann’s String Quartet No.3 and
Hartmann’s String Quartet No.1.
Xiang has been invited to numerous world-renowned summer festivals such
as Kronberg Academy (Germany), Verbier Academy (Switzerland), Yellow
Barn Festival (USA), Bergen Festival (Norway), Perlman Chamber Music
Program (USA), Morningside Music Bridge (Canada), and the Steans
Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival(USA). He has
collaborated with such artists as Walter Levin, Zakhar Bron, Ana
Chumachenco, Mihaela Martin, Pamela Frank, Paul Katz, Ida Kavafian, Igor
Ozim, Frans Helmerson, and Christian Tetzlaff.
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, Xiang 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 the teaching
assistant for Donald Weilerstein.