Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu has won the First Prize, Bach Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2010 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. He received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant of Lincoln Center in 2019 as the first Chinese to ever receive the award in 47 years of history. In the same year, he also won the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, becoming the only artist who has won 2 Lincoln Center Grand Prizes in the same year. His performances have 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 Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Houston Symphony, Colorado Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony, Charlotte symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Calgary Philharmonic, among others. Internationally, he has appeared with the New Zealand Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Norwegian Radio Symphony, Guangzhou Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic.
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 2018, he joined the roster of the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.
Mr. Yu is 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 faculty at Music @ Menlo, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Taos Music Festival.
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 as the only candidate 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 joined the faculty at the New England Conservatory in 2015, and also served as a guest faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the summer of 2020, he became the youngest member of the world-renowned Shanghai Quartet, and served as Artist-in-Residence at Montclair State University. In the fall of 2020, he started teaching at the Tianjin Juilliard School which is the only international outpost of the New York Juilliard School.
Mr. Yu currently performs on the 1715 “Joachim” Stradivarius violin, generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.