Yu joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1995. A year later, Daniel
Barenboim appointed her assistant concertmaster. An international award-winning
violinist, she leads an active life as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher and
advocate for the Orchestra.
A native of
Shanghai, China, Yuan-Qing Yu won the Chinese Nationwide Violin Competition at
the age of 17. The following year, she captured second prize in the Menuhin
International Violin Competition. She was awarded the grand prize in the
Holland Music Sessions World Concert Tour Competition two years later. She also
took third grand prize in the Jacques Thibaud International Competition in
Yu has given numerous critically acclaimed performances as featured soloist
with the CSO, the Monte Carlo and Radio France philharmonics and the London
City Orchestra. She has performed concertos under Christoph von Dohnányi, Sir
Yehudi Menuhin and James DePreist, among others. She also has appeared in
recital throughout the U.S. and Europe. An active chamber musician, Yuan-Qing
Yu has collaborated with Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zukerman, Menahem Pressler,
Lang Lang and Yo-Yo Ma. Locally, she can be seen and heard regularly throughout
the city in various venues. Her performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is
available for download at beyondthescore.org/video_vivaldi.html.
Yu is on the faculty of Roosevelt University in Chicago and Valparaiso
University in Indiana.
Yu and her CSO colleagues founded Civitas Ensemble, a nonprofit organization,
in 2011. Please visit yuanqingyu.com and civitasensemble.org for more