Xiang Yu is regarded as one of today’s most talented and creative young violinists in the world. His astonishing technique and exceptional musical talent have won him consistent critical acclaim (the Strad, String magazine, ect.) and enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his solo recitals, orchestral engagements, and chamber music performances.
Xiang is the 1st Prize winner of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition 2010, together with the Bach Prize and the Audience Prize. He also won the 2nd prize of Wieniawski International Violin Competition (2006) as the youngest prize winner; 3rd prize of Michael Hill International Violin Competition (2011); 2nd prize and the Best Commissioned Work Prize of 25th Irving M. Klein International String Competition; 1st prize and the Best Chamber Music Performance prize of the Baden-Württemberg International Youth Music Competition (2005).
As an active young soloist, Xiang has performed more than 20 concerts in venues throughout the world, including Konzerthaus Berlin (Germany), Shanghai Grand Theatre (China), Wianiwski Hall (Poland), the Grand Theatre of Calgary (Canada), Victoria Concert Hall (Singapore), Oslo Opera House & Troldsalen Bergen (Norway), Auckland Town Hall (New Zealand), Bennett-Gordon Hall, and Boston Jordan Hall(USA). Xiang also appeared as a soloist with world-leading orchestras such as the National Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Young Euro Classic Orchestra, Auckland Symphony Orchestra, and Oslo Philharmionic Orchestra.
In addition to his solo career, Xiang is also an active chamber musician. Since the age of fourteen, he has regularly presented chamber music concerts in China with repertoire ranging from Joseph Haydn to Alfred Schnittke. His “Xiang Quartet” not only won the 1st prize of 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 also been invited to numerous renowned summer festivals such as Kronberg Academy (Germany), Verbier Academy(Switzerland), Yellow Barn Festival(USA), Morningside Music Bridge(Canada), Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival(USA). He has worked and performed as a young artist with such artists as Walter Levin, Zakhar Bron, Christian Tetzlaff, Nicolas / Ana Chumachenco, Pamela Frank, Kim Kashkashian, Ida Kavafian, Miriam Fried, Frans Helmerson, and Paul Katz.
Born in Inner Mongolia, Mr. Yu received his early training from Qing Zheng in Shanghai. He is now studying at the New England Conservatory in Boston with Prof. Donald Weilerstein on full scholarship and NEC merit award. In addition, he is also a recipient of the NEC Presidential Scholarship, Rising Star Scholarship, and Irene M. Stare Scholarship in Violin.