Qing Hou has been a member
of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1997. A native of China, Hou studied at
the Central Conservatory in Beijing before coming to the United States in 1988
to continue her studies. She holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and New England Conservatory. Before joining the CSO, she was a member of the
San Francisco Symphony.
An avid chamber musician,
Qing has performed for the Andover Chamber Music Society and at festivals in
Madison, Napa, El Paso and Sun Valley as well as in Europe. She has been heard
on NPR’s Performance Today and regularly performs in the Chicago area in
various ensembles. In 1997, Qing, along with her sister, CSO violinist Lei Hou
and CSO violist Lawrence Neuman (now Qing’s husband), founded the Lincoln
As a soloist, Hou has
appeared with orchestras in Boston, Baltimore, Chicago and China.
In the fall of 2003, she
made her first appearance as soloist with the Chicago Symphony performing
Mozart’s Violin Concerto in G Major conducted by Daniel Barenboim.