photos: Chi Wei Lo and Xiaopei Xu
Angelo Xiang Yu
Angelo Xiang Yu, recipient of both a 2019 Avery Fisher Career
Grant and a 2019 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, as well
as First Prize in the 2010 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin
Competition, has won consistent critical acclaim and
enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his astonishing
technique and exceptional musical maturity.
In North America, Mr. Yu’s recently appeared as a soloist with a
number of major orchestras including the San Francisco,
Pittsburgh, Detroit, Toronto, Vancouver, Houston, Colorado,
North Carolina, San Antonio, Puerto Rico, and Charlotte
symphonies, as well as the Rochester and Calgary Philharmonic
among others. Internationally, he has appeared with the New
Zealand Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia,
Norwegian Radio Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Oslo
An active recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed in a
number of world-renowned venues such as the Konzerthaus Berlin,
the Louvre in Paris, National Centre for the Performing Arts in
Beijing, Victoria Theater in Singapore, Shanghai Symphony Hall,
Oslo Opera House, Auckland Town Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and
Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston. In March 2017, Mr. Yu
was chosen to be a member of the prestigious Chamber Music
Society of Lincoln Center’s The Bowers Program (formerly CMS
Mr. Yu is also a frequent guest at major summer music festivals
including the Ravinia, Aspen, Grant Park, Chamber Music
Northwest, as well as at the Verbier and Bergen Festivals in
Europe. He also serves as artist faculty at Music @ Menlo and
the Sarasota Music Festival.
Mr. Yu joined the faculty at the New England Conservatory
Preparatory in 2015, and also serves as a guest faculty at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the summer of 2020, he
became the newest member of the Shanghai Quartet. He severs as
an artist in residence at John J. Cali School of Music and at
Montclair State University and as a resident faculty member at
The Tianjin Juilliard School.
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. He earned his
Bachelor’s and Master's degrees as well as the prestigious
Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory where he was a
student of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried, and served as
Mr. Weilerstein’s teaching assistant.
Mr. Yu currently performs on the 1715 “Joachim” Stradivarius
violin, generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
pianist Feng Niu
is known for her vivacious and sensitive collaboration with some of the
most promising instrumentalists of recent years. The highlight of her
recent and upcoming performances include appearances at the “First
Monday Series” in Boston’s Jordan Hall, Strathmore’s “Music at the
Mansion”, the Cranbrook Guild Music Series in Michigan, and the Phillips
Collections’s “Sunday Concerts Series” in Washington DC.
Niu is a long-term partner with flutist virtuoso Annie Wu, who is the
winner of Astral Artists’ 2015 Auditions as well as the First Prize
winner of the 2016 James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition. Recently they
recorded a debut album titled “They Call Me Mignon: 11 variations on a
voice”, and their performance has been broadcast nationally on WETA
At the New England Conservatory, she is in frequent demand as a
collaborative pianist working with renowned artists such as Paula
Robison, Donald Weilerstein, Paul Katz, Kim Kashkashian, and Laurence
Lesser. She has been a staff pianist at Bowdoin International Music
Festival since 2018.
Niu received her early piano training under the guidance of professor
Shiyu Zhou at Shanghai Conservatory. She made her solo recital debut at
the age of 10, and was a top prize winner at the Hong Kong Young Pianist
Competition, Yamaha Asia Piano Competition, and Lagny Sur Marne
International Piano Competition in France.
Niu came to the U.S. in 2012, working with Mr. Gabriel Chodos at the New
England Conservatory. She is currently pursuing a highly sought-after
Doctor of Musical Arts degree at New England Conservatory, working with
Dr. Pei-Shan Lee.
Notes on the Program
by Dr.Jannie Burdeti
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